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  1. And there are many here that have been cruising Carnival for decades that are simply lamenting the fact that their favorite cruising product is diminishing year by year in many ways. Trying to be objective about it and harassed by the "cheerleaders" who will follow Carnival into cruise line hell if no changes are made. I still haven't cancelled my upcoming cruise on the PANORAMA, but Tapi's comments makes me search other lines with more intensity. I've also cruised the BREEZE out of Galveston, but noticed nothing out of the ordinary, except what I would consider abnormal crowding at times and half-hazard bathroom cleaning.
  2. Been cruisin' since the early 80s and I don't recall ever paying anything extra. Little envelopes were left on your cabin desk on the last nite for tips to those you thought deserving. A bus TOUR of Vancouver Island and the famous Buschart Gardens was even included on one cruise from LA to Vancouver.
  3. Very true, Philly, but it's that price point which draws the newbies and young families and necessitates the minimum staff, eventually decreasing the upkeep, cleanliness and quality of the product. And there is nothing wrong with that. That is Carnival's demographic today. The blue&gold carders buy every photo, take every tour, love $6 beer and drop a house payment in a casino that has no gaming authority overseeing it. Very successful business plan. I applaud them. Of 32 Carnival cruises, my first one in the early 80s was $599. I'm booked on the new PANORAMA in January for the same price ! Identical itinerary, my favorite, I've done it a zillion times. There are no miracles. 38 years later there has to be some cutbacks of services, although volume probably picks up a lot of that. Grumpy old fart nearly 80 years old, I can't quite Carnival. Tried Princess. Loved it, but that was a fluke of a price on the first cruise of the season of an Alaskan cruise. You wouldn't believe me if I told you. With Carnival I know what I'm going to get and there are never any surprises. And I accept that the product is going to diminish year after year. But Dulce makes some excellent points.
  4. You're obviously confusing the MDR (main dining room) with the YTD (your time dining) service. Altogether different animals. I was responding to your MDR comment and as you can see from the previous poster this will only result in slowing up the whole process for everyone, which is why they wouldn't do it.
  5. Several years ago I also cruised on a Princess ship. First thing I noticed was the world of difference to the details. Was on the BREEZE a year or so ago and not that impressed with the direction Carnival is going for ME. I think they are appealing to the newbies and families with children. This is fine, just not for me. I think I'll try Princess again soon. Maybe this is where old Carnival cruisers go after decades of cruising with them. ? Have the PANORAMA booked for January but will look again at the Princess itineraries in the future. And, I agree, there is very little difference in the pricing these days.
  6. The implication is well-founded. . . It is NOT new. 🙂
  7. How do you get the wait staff in the MDR to "speed up" just for you ? Unheard of . . .
  8. $3 for one bag . . . $5 for two
  9. Yes you can. Go to guest services with your plane tickets and they will approve you early off no matter what designation you are.
  10. Rumor or Thread-creator, one of the two.
  11. Backpackers Motto: TAKE only memories . . . LEAVE only footprints. 🙂
  12. I've always DOUBLED the appetizer in lieu of skipping the salad. You'll get plenty of food.
  13. Years ago it used to be a nice birthday cake delivered to your dining table. Lately it was reduced to a cupcake with a candle on it ! 🙂
  14. 32 cruises never bought it, but this time I've bought the insurance as it will be my first cruise where I'm over 80 years old. 🙂
  15. For something over and above their normal duties, of course. Otherwise, no. It's a personal choice.
  16. There's your Carnival choir comment, who, obviously is also a marine architect. 🙂
  17. Cell phone service should be excellent in the port, however there are other factors which could screw up your leave early plan. Early morning fog could cause ship to port LATE, immigration clearance could meet with some glitches are just some of them. If you SELF-DEBARK and everything else goes well you have a fighting chance, IMHO. Long Beach airport is close by and easy to move through. What could go wrong ? 🙂
  18. Have sailed on all four Spirit Class ships and without a doubt these are my favorites. A "Goldilocks" size in my opinion.
  19. There's your answer, folks. Change the passenger to public space ratio and it's got to affect the crowding in the popular venues. Pretending it doesn't happen only makes you a member of the Carnival choir.
  20. LOL, I guess it's a male thing. I've washed my hair with bar soap when necessary, but women are quite different it would seem. When I take my ex with me she goes through a conglomeration of hair treatments when she washes her hair. Baffles me, but she has fantastic hair, so maybe you're on to something. 🙂
  21. There are no miracles. Marine architects spend a lot of time working with a key factor in their design criteria, VOLUME OF PUBLIC SPACE PER PASSENGER. When this ratio is ignored in refurbishing a ship by merely adding more passengers to the ship you expect a different result ? 😂😂
  22. I always liked the Body Wash and Shampoo I got in the shower dispensers. Souvenir Run to take home FINE, to drink on the cruise, NO. Sorry, don't ever drink tea and I thought Aunt Jemima was the standard on which all others were graded. Silly me. 🙂
  23. I'm now living with my son in Socal so I'll only be an hour away. The arriving in LB earl idea was to provide a "buffer"against car trouble coming from Arizona. Still might do it, however. Thanks for your input.
  24. I once booked a cruise the DAY OF THE CRUISE. Hardest part of the booking was convincing the Carnival rep that I was, indeed, aware that that cruise sailed TODAY. $99pp for 3 days on one of the old Fantasy Class ships. Had plenty of time -- 15 minutes to pack and 20 minutes to the port. Easy peasy. This was all before 9/11, however.
  25. I cruise solo mostly so I pay double. On my limited budget this means an inside cabin (if I'm lucky and book early I can get an inside-priced cabin with portholes). 🙂 Shower, change clothes and sleep, if I must, are my cabin requirements. I cruise for the sea also and I never find difficulty in finding a "private" space if I desire one.
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