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Laughing Angel

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About Laughing Angel

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    Iowa
  • Interests
    Painting, Drawing, Cooking, Reading, Cruising
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Mexican Riviera/Western Caribbean
  1. Laughing Angel

    What year and what ship was your first cruise?

    2005 Carnival Pride out of Long Beach. Ports of Call: Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.
  2. Laughing Angel

    Should we buy Travel Insurance?

    Adding to what everyone else has said--get the insurance! I've only had to use it once due to a weather related travel issue, but the claim was filed and paid out in quick order. For me, the investment was well worth it, just for the peace of mind factor.
  3. Laughing Angel

    Cruisin' Music

    Here's my personal playlist... Long Time, No Sea -- The Boat Drunks Sail On Sailor – The Beach Boys Happy –Pauline Henry Fall Harder -- Skylar Spence Mad About You -- Hooverphonic Sugar Water -- Cibo Matto Anita Baker -- You Bring Me Joy No Difference/Driving/Language of Life -- Everything But The Girl Aja --Steely Dan So You Say -- Manhattan Transfer The Art of Love -- Michael Franks Look Who's Dancing -- Ziggy Marley The Finer Things – Steve Winwood Woman Tonight-- America The Paris Match -- Style Council Nothing Can Come Between Us -- Sade Superwoman (Where were you...) -- Stevie Wonder Miss Riddle -- Boz Scaggs Summer Breeze -- Seals and Crofts After the Love Has Gone -- Earth, Wind & Fire The Best Things In Life -- The Silver Seas Easy For You To Say – Linda Ronstadt Under The Milky Way -- Sia Genius of Love -- Tom Tom Club Strange Kind of Love -- Love and Money Haitian Divorce -- Steely Dan That's the Way Love Goes -- Janet Jackson Sun Is Shining -- Bob Marley Only Heart -- John Mayer IGY/Maxine/FloridaRoom/On the Dunes -- Donald Fagen Don't Let No One Get You Down -- WAR I Want You -- Marvin Gaye Rosalinda’s Eyes – Billy Joel Forever Blue -- Swing out Sister Get It Through Your Heart – Robert Palmer The Game Of Love – Santana featuring Michelle Branch As you can see, I go a little old school...
  4. Laughing Angel

    Diamonds International and MoneyBack refund

    The program is actually a legit shopping incentive--it's just that it seems to take a long time to receive the refund. I did not submit a claim personally, but had a friend who did. It took several months for the refund to arrive. Previous threads on Cruise Critic have mentioned this. A quick search brought up this thread. Hope it helps.
  5. Laughing Angel

    Check-in time?

    There are some advantages to boarding early. You can enjoy lunch on board, you get to scope out the ship, get some photo ops in, make any changes in restaurant seating, excursions, etc. Keep in mind that your cabin may not be ready immediately upon boarding, so you'll have to keep your carry on with you. Have fun!
  6. Laughing Angel

    Onboard Now, Serious Issue - How to Handle?

    To the OP: Condolences on the loss of your dear sister. Hopefully, your sharing this experience will help Carnival review/revise their protocols for emergency messages, and prevent another family from having to deal with this pain. I would be interested in hearing their response.
  7. Laughing Angel

    Your favorite "sail away" song

    by The Boat Drunks Although I love the idea of Amazing Grace on the bagpipes.
  8. Laughing Angel

    1st time Cruising for Family

    hawkinsh, that is great news. I'm sure you're going to have a blast! As far as excursions are concerned, you may want to check out the boards for Progreso and Cozumel. I've not been to Progreso, but my family had a terrific time in Cozumel. We hired a driver for the day and got a chance to see a lot of the island--San Gervasio (Mayan ruins), the east (undeveloped) side beaches, hit a couple of beach clubs and ended with some shopping in town. There are many options for kids! Good luck, and enjoy your cruise!
  9. Laughing Angel

    Laptop storage when out of cabin?

    I've always just put my laptop in the case and then place it in a drawer. No muss, no fuss, no problems.
  10. Laughing Angel

    Tours plaza - anyone used them?

    Don't forget to come back and tell us all about your tour. Cozumel is a beautiful island--I'm sure you'll have a blast!
  11. Laughing Angel

    What Cruise got you hooked ???

    2005, A 7 Day cruise on the Carnival Pride to the Mexican Riviera. Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. I had such an amazing time!
  12. Laughing Angel

    How Bad Have I Messed Up (Newbie)

    lonely_pastry--yeah, that is going to be a very close shave, but I sincerely hope that all of the stars are aligned, and that you will be able to make your cruise on time. As was suggested previously, cruise transfers might be helpful in getting you from the airport to the ship. In the meantime, you might want to formulate a contingency plan for getting to the next port of call, just in case. Good luck!
  13. Laughing Angel

    mixed tape

    ...fresh off my ipod. I posted some of these picks on the CC Boards a few years ago, but can't find the thread. As you can see, I'm kind of an old school gal. :D Some have a kind of "island" feel to them. Whatever you choose, I'm sure it will be fine. Long Time, No Sea -- The Boat Drunks Sail On Sailor – The Beach Boys Happy – Pauline Henry Fall Harder -- Skylar Spence Classic – The Knocks featuring Powers Mad About You -- Hooverphonic Sugar Water -- Cibo Matto Anita Baker -- You Bring Me Joy No Difference/Driving/Language of Life -- Everything But The Girl Aja -- Steely Dan So You Say -- Manhattan Transfer The Art of Love -- Michael Franks Look Who's Dancing -- Ziggy Marley The Finer Things – Steve Winwood Woman Tonight -- America The Paris Match -- Style Council Nothing Can Come Between Us -- Sade Superwoman (Where were you...) -- Stevie Wonder Miss Riddle -- Boz Scaggs Summer Breeze -- Seals and Crofts After the Love Has Gone -- Earth, Wind & Fire The Best Things In Life -- The Silver Seas Easy For You To Say – Linda Ronstadt Under The Milky Way -- Sia Genius of Love -- Tom Tom Club Strange Kind of Love -- Love and Money Haitian Divorce -- Steely Dan That's the Way Love Goes -- Janet Jackson Sun Is Shining -- Bob Marley Only Heart -- John Mayer IGY/Maxine/Florida Room/On the Dunes -- Donald Fagen Don't Let No One Get You Down -- WAR If Only You Knew -- Patti LaBelle Rosalinda’s Eyes – Billy Joel Forever Blue -- Swing out Sister Get It Through Your Heart – Robert Palmer The Game Of Love – Santana featuring Michelle Branch Hope you have a terrific cruise!
  14. Laughing Angel

    Watches sold on cruise ships

    I purchased a $20 watch on a cruise ship about 5 years ago. Didn't wear it every day, but when I did, it was sturdy and serviceable. Other than a couple of battery changes, it's been working just fine... Well, it was working until I sent it through the wash/rinse/spin cycle in a pair of jeans two weeks ago. RIP cheapie watch...I'll miss ya. :(
  15. Laughing Angel

    Cutting it to close?

    For me, this would be too close for comfort. There are so many variables here--so many things that could go wrong. We're talking delays getting through customs, traffic issues on the way to the airport (construction, accidents), etc. I would not chance it, and would try to book a later flight. PS: MCC retired is right--imagine the stress of worrying about making that flight at the end of a terrific cruise. Life is too short for that...
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