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About bigboatrider

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    Cool Cruiser

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  • Location
    South Carolina
  • Interests
    None - Work too much!
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    St Thomas USVI
  1. Having sailed Fantasy several times, as well as several others in the line, including the largest at the time Dream.I can honestly say Fantasy is our favorite of them all! Yeah, she's got some age on her, but she's aged well, IMO. If you go in expecting Taj Mahal, you'll be disappointed. Unlike many, I don't find her to be crowded, or anymore crowded than any of the other vessels. Our first cruise was on Jubilee, which was quite a bit smaller than Fantasy. Loved her too!!
  2. Next month, we'll sail our 17th on Carnival since 2004. Yeah, there have been changes and cutbacks, but for us, CCL still offers what we are looking for, a budget friendly getaway. While we enjoyed the shows and the "fluff" on our earlier cruises, we are to the point of happiness simply walking around the ship, enjoying the experience that we are fortunate to have. We don't sail for the shows, and dang sure not for the Cruise Director, mints, or robes. We sail for the experience and fun of exploring the ports. It is what you make of it, plain and simple. If you go in thinking you're supposed to be pampered, and it will be like a fairyland tale, then you are setting yourself up for disappointment, regardless of which line you sail with. JMHO.
  3. 56 nights. Did the Inside Passage (Alaska) in 2011 for our 10th. Grandfathered in as Platinum when the parameters changed. Currently sitting at 88 nights after 16 sailings. #17 on tap in late May.
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