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  1. I've never seen a buffet on land or sea where I would consider the food stellar (well, except for some of the "high-end" buffets in Vegas where the cost is north of $25.00). To me, it's there to serve a purpose; fill your stomach in the least amount of time. I go to the buffet for breakfast only, go to an alternative place like Guy's or the Seafood Shack for lunch and then hit the MDR for dinner.
  2. I usually have no idea who the cruise director is for a particular cruise and really could not care less. They are that annoying voice on the PA system and I find most are too hyper for me. Yet, I always manage to have a great cruise.
  3. If you find it helpful, you can send me the money. Seriously though, you can leave a bit extra at the end of the cruise. I imagine out of all the cabins the stewards are assigned, there are at least two or three cabins that look like a tornado went through every day so I'm sure they appreciate the folks who don't live like slobs.
  4. I don't understand why passengers, who are on vacation, feel a need to get into the management of the ship. Cabin stewards probably do get more cabins to service because of the once a day routine. Of course, with the increase in the number of cabins the stewards gets assigned, the tips are increased also (their portion of the standard tips debited to your account plus the amount of money most of us leave at the end). So, more money for them. If, as some imply, the work load is horrible, why then do they have people lining up to join the cruiseline? Bottomline, if you feel you're being abused because you don't get the twice a day visit by the steward, there are many more lines to check out and cruise with. I think the stewards who get assigned to our cabin are spoiled. After 20 years in the military, I have no problem picking up after myself and keep things orderly. I hate clutter and put things away after using them. I'm not doing it for the steward, I do it for myself. I seriously doubt they have to spend 15 minutes in our cabin when they clean.
  5. I've become very used to the evening turn-down but my world will continue to rotate with making a choice between morning or evening cleaning. We'll pick morning for cleaning and ask the steward for towels only in the evening. Just the two of us normally and if we trash the room during the day, we have bigger problems than getting turn-down service. BTW, this isn't the first thread to talk about this and, frankly, I'm surprised someone hasn't posted threats (with the gnashing of teeth) to lower tips because the workload of the stewards as decreased. I don't buy it. Carnival will find with the decrease of service, they can hire fewer stewards and give the existing ones more cabins to look after.
  6. I'm 99% sure the balcony cabins use chairs have arms and about 80% sure about the Dining Room. As CruisingGuy said, just contact Guest Services for an alternative if needed. I know on one on my cruises, they have a lounger out there (Cove balcony) and that was great. Hasn't happened since though.
  7. GAWD...don't let the conspiracy people going!
  8. I'm a fan of the Dream class of which Magic is a member. They're large but not as big as RCCL's mega-ships so fairly easy to find places you're looking for. I'm a huge fan of the Cove balcony cabins. My wife tends to get a bit seasick at times and I like balconies. So, the Cove works as they're on Deck 2 and we snag a cabin in the middle. Being low and in the middle of the ship minimizes any movement. You do have to study the deck plans because a lot of the Coves are under the kitchen and it tends to get a bit noisy at times (but not enough to keep me awake). The ship has Guy's Burgers so that's a plus and, of course, the Seaside Theater where you can watch fairly new movies under the stars. Other than that, the Magic is just like any other Carnival ship...friendly and helpful crew, good food and clean. You'll have a blast!
  9. I cruise really just to be on the ocean. Carnival is the least expensive option to do that (normally). I've never had any issues on a Carnival ship and have never seen a fight between guests that are popular videos on YouTube. I like the food in both the MDR and the choices on the Lido. The crew is fantastic and the cabins are large. I could afford to go on a Cunard (another Carnival brand) cruise but I think I would find it too formal for me (especially in the evening). I always have an eye on a RCCL cruise but, so far, Carnival is my first choice in cruising.
  10. The website only shows ten cabins on each deck for the type of cabin you need. There may be 40 cabins available but still, only 10 show up. Been that way for years. One reason you have to have a PVP or a TA.
  11. A couple of incidents come to mind. The first one happened on our R/T from San Diego to Hawaii (my favorite by far). We were about two days out of San Diego when our son called us on the cabin phone unexpectantly. He knew what ship we were on and he called Carnival corporate and told them he needed to contact us because our beloved greyhound passed away in his sleep. Carnival, in Miami, contacted the ship and made the connection with us in our cabin. Unfortunately, during this sad call, it was dropped after about five minutes. I called the ship's customer service and they got the call going again. No charges were made and that made me a customer for life. The second time, my wife and I both came down with some sort of gastric issue (my wife caught it first and then she was nice enough to give it to me). Anyway, we went to medical and they put us in cabin prison for 2-3 days (can't remember how many). Customer Services cancelled our excursions without cost, delivered (bland food) our food for all three meals, gave us free on-demand movies in the cabin, and deep cleaned the cabin twice a day. I gave the cabin steward a great additional tip at the end. That was the only additional cost to us. Everything else was free including medical (I did have travel insurance though). Of course, the doctor onboard suspected Noro and wanted to limit the spread but they made the whole experience almost fun! I think this is a great thread. Always better to focus on the good. In my experience, a giant corporation like Carnival rarely applies the human touch to fix problems that effects our lives. In my opinion, Carnival has that down to a science.
  12. You are correct that some vaccinated people are catching COVID but I also understand the patients don't even have to be admitted to a hospital because the effects are muted. What I'm a bit worried about is the mutation from India. I read yesterday that 30% of the people who caught it in Great Britain had received the vaccine but still got very sick. It seems to be a gift that keeps giving. I've lost faith in the CDC and the news media so who really knows? My wife and I received the vaccine (good news, I didn't grow a third ear). We are very comfortable not wearing a mask (unless the business requires it) and large crowds don't bother us any longer. What I won't do is wear a mask onboard a ship because who needs a weird tanline? We're more than willing to skip cruising if that becomes a reality.
  13. I bought a Fire HD 10 a couple of weeks ago and downloaded Google Play in abut five minutes (and I'm not a geek). There are plenty of How-to's on YouTube.
  14. I wouldn't cancel your cruise. The CDC has stated approval for the vaccine for kids under 12 won't be until the fall. They also stated the chances of kids spreading the virus is very slim. I would think the ccruise lines will take that into consideration.
  15. I'm a Plat but have never been in a suite. Regardless, I don't care about the baggage thang. It isn't like I'm pacing my cabin waiting breathlessly for them to arrive. I'm usually on the Lido eating as soon as we board. I do like the "VIP" line but my life will continue if they do away with it. But, they better not do away with my free laundry!
  16. Yep, I last looked at the tags about a month ago and they did say "Priority" but now, nothing. My self esteem is taking a beating! This is an outrage!!😀
  17. I did a quick Google search and it seems he retired and now lives in his native Ireland.
  18. Not in Sn Diego. Our Grand-babies have been home schooled (but linked with the schools via computer) since COVID started.
  19. I don't have any interest in wearing a mask on vacation and I don't want restrictions on excursions or even not to be able to wander around a port on our own. I'm fully vaccinated. Our next cruise isn't until March of 2022 and expect a lot of this nonsense will go away by then. If not, we'll cancel.
  20. I'm not a smoker but I'm amazed your balcony would fill with smoke on a moving ship.
  21. I personally don't care if the CIA or NSA know I'm vaccinated, LOL! So, what other "purpose?"
  22. I truly believe all the cruiselines should only allow passengers who have been vaccinated onboard. It just makes sense. If there is a COVID outbreak onboard a future sailing the CDC will use that as an excuse to shut things down again and I can't see them able to survive another.
  23. Our next cruise is in March of 2022 and I'm hoping the COVID drama is but a distant memory by then. If it isn't I would be OK with most of the proposed requirements except for having to take Carnival sponsored excursions in order to get off the ship. I don't have a major thing against Carnival's excursions but there are ports where we like to wander around on our own.
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