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MWGuy

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  1. Not to worry. We had AYW dining (not our choice however) and we were insecure. It all turned out quite fine. It did involve a few phone calls (most days) but we could eat exactly when we wished, with whom, etc. I think the worrying is overrated. Have a great time and I'm always said to "not miss out on any good worrying" but it was fine.
  2. In May, they were $6.84 at the Wal-Mart. Cannot recall the (top) hanger material, but there was no issue with the bathroom door closing. Well worth the money, particularly with several women's stuff. Have a great time!
  3. Great review! We are hoping to cruise the Eurodam next and your review is being saved on our computer. Thanks for your time, Kevin!
  4. Just call "Ship's Services" at their 800 number, but if you desire, avoid the (I think it's?) 2nd night and the 2nd to the last night as those are dinners you may want to consider in the main dining room. Have a great time!
  5. Hi, Hayley, Totally hokey...do not bother. Have a great time though!
  6. Hi, Sheri and congrats on your T'giving cruise. Packing time-frames vary, but here's a detail on Google of many and varied lists for packing for cruises. Also, there's probably one on the Cruise Critic site, but I have not done a search. http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&as_q=packing+list+for+cruise&as_epq=&as_oq=&as_eq=&num=10&lr=&as_filetype=&ft=i&as_sitesearch=&as_qdr=all&as_rights=&as_occt=any&cr=&as_nlo=&as_nhi=&safe=images
  7. Hi, Debra! Well, welcome to the addicts' board. Actually before your cruise I believe it's worse..then it continues immediately afterward and then, it wanes a bit. There are so many helpful, knowledgable people who hang out here and it was a great way to meet fellow cruisers (on your anticipated cruise) on the "Roll Call" board..I would recommend that one. It heightens the excitement to email (privately) back and forth with those going on your same cruise. Have a great time...both now and on the cruise :)
  8. The Davey Lubin whale/sea life tour in Sitka is well worth your time. Google Davey Lubin.
  9. Yes, do tip for room service please!
  10. Well, let's see..it was the Carnival Carnivale` and approximately 1974 to St. John/St. Thomas/St. Maarten/San Juan. Flew first from Chicago to San Juan, saw a topless revue (vetty new experience for me!!), walked around the casino at (I think) the El Caribe` Hotel (totally hushed..very different from Vegas). We were 3 single (20s) females and 3 of the crew followed us around each stop!! We had lunches/drinks with them--that's all! :) Lights out in the dining room for the baked Alaskas was a highlight. We had inside bunk beds and the shower was so narrow we could not bend over for leg grooming! Cabin steward was Korean. One of my friends is 6', blond and beautiful. He said to her, "Oh, so high..people in Korea not that high!"..another memory.
  11. Well, let's see..it was the Carnival Carnivale` and approximately 1974 to St. John/St. Thomas/St. Maarten/San Juan. Flew first from Chicago to San Juan, saw a topless revue (vetty new experience for me!!), walked around the casino at (I think) the El Caribe` Hotel (totally hushed..very different from Vegas). We were 3 single (20s) females and 3 of the crew followed us around each stop!! We had lunches/drinks with them--that's all! :) Lights out in the dining room for the baked Alaskas was a highlight. We had inside bunk beds and the shower was so narrow we could not bend over for leg grooming! Cabin steward was Korean. One of my friends is 6', blond and beautiful. He said to her, "Oh, so high..people in Korea not that high!"..another memory.
  12. Culinary classes: Oh, definitely men come..ours was 1/2 men. Do sign up early though and if you're told they're booked, ask to be wait-listed. I did just that and did get a call saying I could come. That class is lots of fun. Each person has a little job (beating eggs, chopping vegetables, pouring wine, etc.) We booked an SY and were upgraded to an SS (same type of cabin, but 2 decks higher). Buy some generic Bonine at your local drugstore just in case you have rough seas. The "verandah" is very worth the extra money. I've not known of anyone who was upgraded to a "real" suite if they booked either an SS or an SY, but my experience is limited. We found the main dining room (all meals) to be much more enjoyable, quieter, easier to be seated, etc. than the Lido, but only the Lido had real freshly squeezed orange juice and the above mentioned bread pudding. Our travel agent knew it was our anniversary, so the maitre' d brought a small chocolate cake one night after our dinner. You can use the wine cards at dinner in the main dining room and as John said, if house wine will suffice (we found it totally acceptable) it's a bargain to take that route than bring bottles of your own and pay the corkage fee. You will find the beds wonderful. There will be a card on your desk inquiring if you would like a variety of fresh fruit. If you happen to take advantage of room service, it does come fresh and hot and a tip is appreciated. I bought just a day pass ($40?) to the hydropool and enjoyed that and was there totally alone during a port day. We found HAL's optional excursions to be quality.
  13. The Oosterdam SS/SYs do, yes. Very handy. Ours stretched from one corner of the tub to the opposite diagonal corner..length of the entire tub.
  14. If the "dirt/wrinkles" were gotten pre-board, yup, tacky. It's not the problem of future cruisers to pay for your dirty clothes you arrived with..and this indeed drives up the price for the rest of us.
  15. Yes, yes and yes! Thank you Bill.
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