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  1. If he wants he should wear his dress blues. As others have said, he won't buy a single drink and will shake a lot of hands. Thank him for his service. We wouldn't be able to cruise without guys like your son. Salt of the earth. πŸ™‚
  2. Liked the layback review, Cynthia. Brings back memories as have done this 4-dayer many times and always love the "old school" ambiance of these game-changing cruise ships, the Fantasy Class. Have always found them in superb condition, especially for their age. Booked on the PANORAMA in January, but now you've got the juices flowing to sandwich in another 4-dayer this Fall. Thanks a lot.
  3. I cruise solo almost all of the time, although I (along with the State of California) dumped heavy drinking years ago. I'll find this thread very interesting I'm sure.
  4. The ship's time is ALWAYS her home port time. This would only change if moving from one HOME PORT to another as in a transition cruise, for example. Occasionally, the ship will announce LOCAL TIMES but, this is only for a convenience to the passengers who have appointments locally. The ship's time never changes. I've cruised this itinerary many many times and have never seen differently. The ship's time will always be PACIFIC (Long Beach). I think the OP mistakenly posted Puerto Rico instead of Puerto Vallarta, one of the stops in this itinerary.
  5. The gamblers pay for that cabin. Just in a different way even though they aren't aware of it or willing to admit it. πŸ™‚
  6. Once a day in the morning is fine with me. A solo cruiser, I'm used to making my bed and keeping my cabin desk and bathroom in an orderly condition. I'm seldom there, shower, change clothes and crash for a few hours if I must. I would prefer the stewards enter my room and look upon it as a "break" for a few minutes. Piece of cake.
  7. Same here. I feel fortunate to be able to cruise as often as I do. The color of the card is insignificant. Lately, I give my Platinum gift to a newbie cruiser as well as the pin. (unless it's a Tervis tumbler πŸ™‚ )
  8. For me, yes, but I'm just enthralled with the sea and cruising. I've done this itinerary many times even flying to these destinations often in the past. Before I retired most of my employees were from Mexico so I loved going to Mexico. But, you make a good point. Carnival typically mixes an Hawaii cruise into the choices. Back in the day a 10-day to Hawaii and then a 10 day from Hawaii to Vancouver for the summer Alaska cruise. She could easily do an 8-day to the lower Mexican Riviera with Acapulco, Ixtapa and Zijuantenejo (sp?). I did that on the SPIRIT out of San Diego. Maybe even a cruise up into the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) like Princess has done. A trip up the California coast to Frisco or even Vancouver isn't unbelievable.
  9. Ironically, that's exactly what this west coast cruise would "enter into the equation" as well as the equation of many west coast cruisers. Airfares being $300-400 to fly to the Mecca of cruising in Miami has a definite effect on the cost analysis for many cruisers on the west coast. And a new ship on the west coast may be the determining point.
  10. I would have to agree with Saint Greg. I almost always cruise solo and at a price that would be almost identical to the NCL solo cabin price. Sometimes the inside cabin I get has two portholes for the same price ! I have no need for the mixers and get-togethers in the NCL lounge, I'm sorry, but I find them primarly aimed at the socially inept, IMHO. I don't recall any specific meetings for singles cruisers either. I would, however, support Carnival building a ship which has a floor of tiny minimal cabins aimed at the solo cruiser. I'm seldom there . . . shower, change clothes, and sleep if I must. πŸ™‚
  11. Sorry, gang. The previous post was a youtube video of the upgrade to the Dome Carnival now uses 100% of today. New laptop. Unable to figure out why it wouldn't post correctly. Best cruise port in my memory.
  12. I'm booked for January 18th on an inside (even managed to snag a porthole cabin) for a total of $1,175 which is slightly higher than I paid for the SPLENDOR 3 times. Cruising off season, of course, always.
  13. Yes, Bobbi, loved it there. I retired there 5 years ago from SoCal. Currently living in SoCal with my son (medical emergency), but plan to return there soon. In the 60s used to take our jet boats to K.L. every weekend we could. Back when Laughlin was one two story wood structure, the Riverside. Owners (the town is named after) and dealers lived upstairs, bars and casinos downstairs. Water ski all day and drink, gamble and whatever all night. Now there are 9 casinos and hotels there. Glad you have so many good memories of it, also.
  14. I cruise the Fantasy Class ships of Long Beach, the INSPIRATION and the IMAGINATION frequently. I use them as a sandwich cruise between larger ships with longer itineraries. Fun to play "remember when" while walking these beauties. The ELATION used to do the premiere 7-day Mexican Riviera cruise in years long gone by. These babes are the ships that put Carnival on the map in the early 90s. With a reputation of being "party" ships, they never failed to live up to it. At times I think I only got 2 hours sleep the whole cruise. Great memories. πŸ™‚
  15. LOL . . . the first past guest party I went to had a 4 X 8 portable table with finger sandwiches and potato chips with a huge galvanized bucket on the floor, filled with cokes, 7-ups and ice. There were about 12 guests participating. It was held at the entrance to the aft showroom where the rental tuxedos were hanging/stored. πŸ™‚
  16. Not sure I understand why you don't understand. All the ships I listed were large ships in their time period (you probably weren't around then). I booked the PANORAMA about a year ago, got a price about the same as the SPLENDOR another "large" ship which Carnival had out of Long Beach for quite some time. Forgot to mention the MIRACLE which also did well out of LB.
  17. Jubilee as well as the Tropical and the Elation WERE BIG ships at the time they did the 7-dayer out of Long Beach. The SPLENDOR (cruised her 3 times) was certainly not a small ship either. The PRIDE was my favorite (also a large ship for Carnival at the time)
  18. The West Coast did so for years . . . the PRIDE, TROPICALE, JUBILEE, SPLENDOR, ELATION, and now the PANORAMA. Identical itinerary.
  19. PANORAMA for sure. No airfare for this SoCal guy so that's a big plus. Have been booked on the January 18th cruise for over a year. Have done this itinerary a zillion times on the SPLENDOR, the PRIDE, and back in the day, the ELATION and the TROPICALE. Love it. Used to fly to these ports frequently. Never a problem. Safer than LA in my opinion or, God forbid, Long Beach !
  20. A true fellow Carnival cruiser, moviegal. I love to walk the down those neon venues admiring the glitzy glamour that Joe Farcus put Carnival on the map with. Those 8 ships took over the cruise industry, paying cash for their new builds and buying up other cruise lines like it was a hobby. So the bathroom turns into a minnie pool, the furnitue has a chip here and there, and Ensenada is hardly the garden spot of the Pacific (shines as a close by foreign port, however) πŸ™‚. The little town bars fill with Americans slammng down jello shots and drinking beer by the bucket for $1 per. And the street tacos are to die for ! I love it. I dig the "crappiness" of this short getaway sandwiched in between longer cruises. And always something very memorable is going to happen stamped in your memory forever. Leaving on the PANORAMA in January, but now I've got to do this run again. Maybe a naked lady will wander into the piano bar again ! πŸ™‚
  21. No Vegas level stage shows. No FREE slot tournament (now 2 for 1). No waiter congo line Baked Alaskan demonstration. No flaming cherries jubilee at each table. No twice per day cabin service. No chocolate squares on the pillow. No tablecloths. No topless sundeck. No past cruiser Free drink/ Carnival commercial get together. No Steakhouse for $35 anymore (those greedy bastards raised it $3 !). NO INCREASE in an inside cabin rate from early 80s to today on newest ship in the fleet ! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„
  22. Bobbi, The cruise was out of San Diego (I think), not the Fantasy Class normal port at that time. This was a Pack'n'Go offer made the day before the cruise in order to fill the ship. Happened many years ago during a strong economic downturn (I'm guessing 2007 or 2008) when filling ships was problematic for cruise lines. I always take the cheapest rate of the cheapest week offered to Platinum guests I get in my e-mail and varies, but around $169 DO for a 4-day (sometimes less). Probably higher today because of the strong economy and current popularity of cruising. 4-day is cheaper because of supply and demand. Easier to fill the weekend 3-dayer Drink-til-you-Puke cruises because people don't have to use their vacation days. The "locals" can leave work a couple hours early on Friday, party Friday, Saturday and Sunday, get off the ship early Monday and show up for work to get caught up on their sleep ! πŸ™‚ Back in the day when NCL did these same 3 and 4 day runs, I had a fellow contractor who did this weekend run frequently. He was a heavy drinker and gambler and would get the call on his phone at 11:00 am to race to the port and board the ship. His cruise was FREE. Only had to pay port charges ! I'm sure NCL did just fine with the drinking and gambling on his account. I now only do the 4-dayer . . . (much quieter, for sure) πŸ™‚
  23. Dead on . . . t-shirts, shorts and tennis shoes doesn't scream for tablecloths.
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