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  1. I've only been on one Carnival cruise and only based on my one experience, although there are more similarities between the two than not, I enjoy RC more, and truthfully, unless we receive another deal like the one we got for that cruise, I probably would not go on Carnival again. [In my review of the cruise (see signature), I believe I wrote a comparison between RC and Carnival.] As far as the buffet is specifically concerned, if I remember correctly, I would probably rate them about the same - however we usually only ate the buffet during lunch and usually the MDR for dinner.
  2. From the RCI website (for casual nights): "Jeans, polos, sundresses and blouses are all the right amount of laid back. Please keep swimwear to the Pool Deck. Shorts are welcomed for breakfast and lunch." See https://www.royalcaribbean.com/faq/questions/generic-onboard-dress-code As per their own rules, shorts are not officially welcomed for dinner, even on casual nights in the MDR, regardless of what people are writing. However, the question of whether they enforce their rules is another story.
  3. Thanks for sharing your alternate cruise adventure. Very informative with a lot of practical information about your travels and the ports.
  4. I am not sure if I am her reincarnation, but seems like we would have been great friends. FYI - Fraunces Tavern no longer requires jackets. I used to work two blocks from the restaurant and frequented it many times for lunch and a few times for dinner (very good food) and have tried to eat there when I need to be in downtown Manhattan (which is not very often since the pandemic). For those that do not know, the restaurant was the site of a lot of history and there is a (small) museum upstairs about early NYC and American history. If that is not enough to visit the Tavern, it must be noted that they also have an extensive selection of spirits.
  5. Although you probably are asking in a more physical context, not to sound too metaphorical and not to sound too sappy, it would be "memories." However, besides those memories that are stored within the recesses of my mind, it also includes all of the photographs and notes. I guess to me, the most important things I take from the cruise are my notes and photographs. While on a cruise (and for some land-based vacations) over the past few years, I take notes (almost like a short-hand journal) of each day's events so I will not forget the little things. These notes are then transcribed into my cruise reviews (see signature below). I will admit I do not look back at them very often, but before I begin planning my next cruise (every few years), I will almost always take a look at the photos and read through some of my thoughts. It provides me a sense of nostalgia, a look back at great memories, and a measure of how much my daughters have grown. I also enjoy looking back at my thoughts and thought processes in planning each of these cruises; the planning for an 8 and 13 year old is a lot different than for a 17 and 22 year old. Interesting to note that I do have a collection of the Dailies from last several cruises. They are kept in a large "memory box" with all of the museum brochures, travel guides, admission tickets, etc. that I have collected over the years. Every few years, if I am straightening out my basement, I may get distracted by looking through the box, but it is not very often. I predict that one day in the not-so-distant future Dailies will be electronic only, so we will have them as keepsakes.
  6. Our next cruise is June 2022, I began researching and planning when we booked two month ago - June 2021. However, we were planning on a romantic land vacation in Italy followed by a cruise to Greece (out of Venice) to celebrate our 25th anniversary this year (2021). I had begun doing research and planning (no reservations) in 2019. I enjoy the researching and planning part of vacationing (land & sea). As a history buff I learn a lot of great information that I am able to pass onto my fellow travelers. Even if we take a guided tour, there is a lot of data that the guide does not tell you, which is sometimes more interesting than the high-level information they recite. I learn all of the little hints, tips, and secrets about the ships and ports that either leads to a more enjoyable vacation - or provides quickly decided options in case Plan A was cancelled. I find that knowing all the options in advance saves time by choosing the best course of action first, and being able to suggest an alternate course instead of spending time deciding what to do and then deciding upon upon something that is less-than-optimal. I am also of the belief that if I put in all the work before the vacation I can just enjoy everything while I am on vacation. As I say to people, "while on vacation I do not want to think or stress, I only want to enjoy." In this case "think" is a relative word - for me it means that I do not need to make any decisions since I had already made them after much consideration and thought. To be honest, the only decisions I need to make on a cruise is what to eat. My DW and family know that when they go on a vacation with me everything is handled. Although I do confer with my family on the overall plans (itinerary, ship, travel routes, hotels, excursions, etc.), they know that all of the arrangements are made and that I have done my homework to provide the best experience possible (for my family). They also expect me to make it interesting - when on long driving/land vacations I do my research on side-attractions, so side-trips to the grave of a foot, a paranormal & bigfoot research center, or the Pez museum is always a welcome surprise; but it takes research to know that these things are out there. On a past cruise vacation, I was able to create and guide them on a DIY walking tour of Copenhagen based on Hans Christian Andersen - which included recitation of some of his works at related sites. As I mentioned above, I enjoy the research and planning. To me, it is part of the vacation itself.
  7. Would never have thought about throwing out the gym clothing - If I find something I am comfortable in (especially shorts), I tend to hang onto them for a while, so on the ship I usually bring 2 pairs of shorts & 3 shirts (all dry-fit) and wash them after use. As mentioned above, place them on balcony (and bring clips so they do not fly away). [The only time I throw away clothing is for something like the Disney Marathon Weekend in January - its cold in the early AM, so will buy some heavy clothing to start out with (from a second hand store), then discard it when I begin running (Disney collects the discarded clothing and donates them to a local shelter).
  8. Obrigado. I was asking for the OP. [Unfortunately, I will not be back in Europe until sometime next year for business and not until 2023 for pleasure; but will keep the link handy in case this bad dream does not end before then.]
  9. I have sailed inside and OV, but I will admit that enjoy sitting out on the balcony - especially in the early morning after a jog, in the evenings waiting for my DW to get ready, and many times just to sit and relax in quiet in the afternoon looking out at the scenery; but that is what I enjoy. Even during the extremely port-heavy Baltic cruise, I spent some time each day out on the balcony, even in the cold. However, some people just do not enjoy it as much. If a person is literally not in their cabin very often, then a balcony would be a waste and allows extra $ for other things; and for some, it may be the difference between cruising or not (especially when travelling with a family).
  10. @xxHadleyxx - Hope all is well. Not to throw another wrench into this, but do you have any information from your side of the pond regarding the travel restrictions for US travelers coming to Europe? If it does go into effect, hopefully it will be lifted before the OP travels.
  11. Sound like it may be a good plan (if you not postponing the trip for another year). Just be aware of any COVID restrictions for places (such as museums) you want to visit and any time for dress restrictions within churches/cathedrals. Also, if renting a car, make sure you rent one that complies with the Zero Emissions laws (and know where the Zero Emissions Zones are located (I know they have them in at least Madrid and Barcelona). We have been to Spain via cruise and land vacations - a beautiful country and wonderful people. Good luck!
  12. From a legal standpoint, I agree. My fictional news title, was over-dramatization, which is the MO for headlines in the news. On the other hand, as a few have stated above, RCI conducted this giveaway as a good will promotion. By denying this health care worker (the OP) the prize, it would be a bad reflection on the company - if it were to go public (i.e., beyond this thread). Although exceptions should not be freely given, in my opinion, I think this would be a time where that exception would be good for all. If I was RCI, I would even leak out the story to the media on how they helped this family of a healthcare worker to go on the "cruise of their dreams." RCI gets good PR and the OP gets their cruise vacation.
  13. Unfortunately, reading the Terms and Conditions of this giveaway it is limited to a specific ship and sailing dates: 8. Prizes shall consist of a 4-night Ocean Getaways cruise for up to two adults and two children sharing a stateroom (chosen by Promoter at its sole discretion) onboard one of the first two ‘Anthem of the Seas’ cruises from Southampton this summer, departing on July 7, 2021 and July 11, 2021. and further includes a second paragraph that states that if you cannot make the date you have agreed to sail, they are not responsible for compensating you for a later cruise: 16. Once the date of the trip is communicated, it is irremovable, and if the winner is not available to travel on the selected dates, they will lose the corresponding prize. Going by the rules, RCI is under no obligation to provide you with a future alternative cruise. When you accepted the prize, you also accepted the terms and conditions that go along with it. The full T&C are available here: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/gbr/en/terms-and-conditions/999-prize-draw-terms-and-conditions However, as you Brit's say, this is "bad form." If it was someone like me that is not on the front lines during this pandemic, I would be SOL; and chalk it up as another consequence of this pandemic, which we are all getting used to. IMHO, as a healthcare worker, one would hope that RCI would make some type of concessions and provide you and your family with a similar cruise at a future date. From a company perspective, I would think it would be the right PR move for them to offer you "something." I can see the headlines "Health Care Worker That Won Free Cruise That Got COVID Refused A Makeup Cruise By Cruise Line." It is small consolation, but I (and most others) appreciate thank your wife and all the other health care workers out there for their service.
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