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  1. I have sailed on all these lines multiple times (except never on Costa, Royal only once, and MSC only in the YC)...if entertainment and activities are your main priorities, I would say NCL has great nighttime shows (although RCL “looks” great according to the Compasses I have read online). Carnival makes comedy a priority along with fun ship wide entertainment that gets all passengers involved. They all have decent daytime “sea day” activities...I was pleasantly surprised on MSC how involved the cruise director and his staff were in regards to simple activities like bingo and t
  2. Question...is the Celebration even scheduled to have an Alchemy bar onboard? Cuz, that would be wonderful.
  3. Question...is the Celebration even scheduled to have an Alchemy bar onboard? Cuz, that would be wonderful.
  4. I cannot recommend staying in the "luxury section" of a large cruise ship. We have been in the luxury section of NCL and Celebrity. Once you leave the private dining room and lounge for suite guests, you are on a mainstream or premium cruise line. Definitely not a luxury experience Travelcat/OP - I’m going to give a different perspective here. Although I have only tried this concept once (Yacht Club on MSC Seaside) and our only luxury line (so far) has been Seabourn, we found the YC to be a wonderful (and considerably less expensive) alternative ....no it was not luxury,
  5. I’m sorry if this has already been answered elsewhere...my 4/25 Panorama Cruise was canceled and I filled out the form for full refund days ago. Like most of you I didn’t receive any sort of confirmation email, (just a quick confirmed notation message on screen). I did take a screen shot of the form for “my records”. My questions are: I know it says in the original cancelation email that pre paid beverage packages, excursions, etc will automatically be refunded, but they still show up on my planner and it looked like there was a option to “cancel” them. Do I need to do that? Also, when I l
  6. Although not inexpensive, St Nichols Abbey rum is very good, and a lovely spot to visit.
  7. Fabby50 - for my upcoming Panorama Cruise, my plan is to mostly eat in the specialty restaurants (not a fan of eating in the MDR solo). May I ask which ones were your favorites and why? I am definitely a meat eater, but am open to trying new things. My focus is more in the overall experience (service, presentation, quality, deliciousness) thank you in advance.
  8. I believe this is exactly what Virgin Cruises is doing. All food court type stations, and specialty type restaurants... no buffet and I think no MDR if I read correctly. To the OP, you might want to check them out?...at least they are trying something different.
  9. I am wondering if any of you have current info regarding which pier is used in Castries St Lucia for Windstar ships (Pride specifically).? We are getting a driver for our day there and he has asked which pier La Place Carenage or Pointe Seraphine? Any clue? Thank you in advance.
  10. Is the MDR usually open for breakfast on disembarkation day? How late?
  11. I will be boarding the Panorama in April. I prefer to eat “later” and am interested in trying the many specialty restaurants. As a solo diner, do I need to make reservations or can I walk up most nights (as long as I am flexible with timing)? In a perfect world, I would have a cocktail, see the 7:00 evening show and then walk up to a restaurant and get a table without too much wait, enjoy my meal then it’s off to comedy, or the piano bar...whatever. Can I be that free flowing or do I need reservations each night? Also, for those of you who have dined solo, how is the service? In my limit
  12. Thank you for such a detailed answer. I guess I’ll roll the dice one more time 😎
  13. Great review. Could you elaborate on the noise from your cabin? I am booked in one of those deck 7 Havana insides you spoke of. How bad was the noise? I was across from a crew closet area my last carnival cruise and it would have been almost comical how loud the banging was except there is nothing funny about a vacation with no sleep 🙄. I booked deck 7 because I was concerned about a deck 5 inside being too close to the Havana bar/music area....did I make a mistake?
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