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klfhngr

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  1. How dare I forget the topless sunning section on some ships! ;O
  2. We dressed up for dinner No 'My Time' dining LOTS of free drinks on special nights Hitting golf balls off ship Skeet shooting Drinking LEGALLY at 18 Not getting lost on ships GREAT service from all staff Staff 'mingled' a lot with passengers 😉 Getting sea sick on smaller ships GREAT music to dance to in the clubs HOT food Same servers each night Late night/chocolate buffet GREAT sail away parties How dare I forget the topless sunning section on some ships! ;O
  3. We dressed up for dinner No 'My Time' dining LOTS of free drinks on special nights Hitting golf balls off ship Skeet shooting Drinking LEGALLY at 18 Not getting lost on ships GREAT service from all staff Staff 'mingled' a lot with passengers 😉 Getting sea sick on smaller ships GREAT music to dance to in the clubs HOT food Same servers each night Late night/chocolate buffet GREAT sail away parties
  4. We dressed up for dinner No 'My Time' dining LOTS of free drinks on special nights Hitting golf balls off ship Skeet shooting Drinking LEGALLY at 18 Not getting lost on ships GREAT service from all staff Staff 'mingled' a lot with passengers 😉 Getting sea sick on smaller ships GREAT music to dance to in the clubs HOT food Same servers each night Late night/chocolate buffet GREAT sail away parties
  5. We dressed up for dinner No 'My Time' dining LOTS of free drinks on special nights Hitting golf balls off ship Skeet shooting Drinking LEGALLY at 18 Not getting lost on ships GREAT service from all staff Staff 'mingled' a lot with passengers 😉 Getting sea sick on smaller ships GREAT music to dance to in the clubs HOT food Same servers each night Late night/chocolate buffet GREAT sail away parties
  6. You can find my story here on CC.... Look under KLFHNGR, 'I missed the ship'... My story is out there.. And all true. Long story short, I was looking for my child in Atlantis, I sent my family back while I waited/searched. Didn't make it back on time.
  7. I missed the ship once, and even though I was cleared to get on at the next port, they still almost DIDN'T let me on!
  8. I'm looking at a previous cruise flight, and we made it off the Allure and to FLL (from FLL) for a 10:15 AM flight. I know, the ship was already in FLL.... But this does give us some hope that we can make it for a 10:30 AM FLL flight after debarking in MIA.... Hmmmmmmmm.... I do appreciate all of your comments and advice.
  9. Ah man, was really hoping you'd all say 'not a problem'! Thanks all, this is why I love CC!
  10. Found a great price from FLL to LAX. We arrive from the cruise in MIA, flight leaves at 10:30AM from FLL. Do we have good odds making it on time? Will do self debarkation.....
  11. Everyone here needs a DRINK or chill pill!
  12. Thanks John ! Anything beats being at work!
  13. Wow John, great to hear! But now you got me worried about our upcoming Symphony of the Seas cruise! NCL did set the bar high, to my surprising!
  14. Nice, free drinks! And without the nuisance! Love it! I thought we were on the same page, i guess not! LOL!
  15. I feel the same way, lol.... And I totally understand both sides, I really do. Agreed!
  16. I agree that they work hard, so why don't the cruise lines pick up the slack? You know why, because they know that WE will! We've never removed them, but we've given some staff additional cash. I know that I'll come off as cheap, but I'm really not. It's the principle behind this.... Great companies are created by great leaders, and great leaders take care of their people.
  17. In general, we are great tippers.... My wife depends on tips (hair dresser). I never had an issue with gratuities, but things have changed dramatically in the cruise industry. I didn't mind it back in the day when you tipped your primary staff, and the drink tips as they came. But they seem to find more and more excuses for raising them and adding more and more staff to the pot. My point: We take care of the primaries, you take care of your 'behind the scenes' staff. When we go to a restaurant, we tip the waiter. We don't tip the busboys, the staff that washes the towels, etc. I know that there's more to this, but come on, take care of YOUR people!
  18. I have to say that MSC is tempting, very beautiful ships! But then I'm hearing many negative things. But that applied to NCL too! Agree that with UBP and Specialty Dining perks, the prices are not to bad on NCL. Again, it all depends where and when. I miss the Mariner being our here on the west coast, but maybe the Panorama will be our go to ship for future local cruises.
  19. We did! We loved the Manhattan, we ate there twice. The food was great, the service was great when we had RANESSA. The second night, we asked for her, but they said that she was in a meeting?! So we ended up with Vanessa. She was not very nice, however the food was great. Later, I saw RANESSA from a distance and summoned for her. She said that we should've asked for her! I think that because she is so kind and sweet, she probably gets many requests for her tables, hence they say that she is not available. But back to the question, yes the food and service and the atmosphere is great in the Manhattan.
  20. Am I being cheap because I'm upset with most cruise lines? They call it 'Gratuities', but why should WE be paying THEIR employees?! That's how I'm starting to feel, that the cruise lines are taking advantage of us and making US pay their employees! I l like the term 'behind the scenes' employees! Now we're paying them too!!!?? Just drop the term gratuities or service charge, and call it what it is: PAYROLL FEE!
  21. Understood, but a few things .. the beer challenge is very low key, hardly anyone knows about it. Yes, it is very casual, I will admit that. If you want to dress up, you can. But, you touched on quite a few things that you enjoy, and NCL matches those to a T... I really think NCL has the best spas at sea (excluding luxary cruises).. and there specialty restaurants are better than Princess and equal to X (we did a few on X). Music and shows that you enjoy..... If you ever decide to 'caj' down a bit, I think you'd like NCL.
  22. I agree 100% with you! The only thing that I've noticed, is that sometimes NCL's prices are higher than X. I guess it all depends on the season, ports, newer ship, etc. We want to do the NCL Joy when it visits the west coast, but for the same cruise, we can do the Carnival Panorama for 1000K LESS! I know that CCL will be home based here, so I figure that has a lot to do with the pricing, vs the Joy just visiting for a month or so.... We might be adding MSC to our list, even though we've heard MANY negative things about them! But we heard many bad things about NCL and love it! We'll see!
  23. Hope this review helps others.. I constantly check in to CC just to get some helpful advice. It's nice to pay back once in a while. Open minds = More opportunities...
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