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About mavis2222

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    Acworth Georgia (NW of Atlanta, Marietta and Kennasaw)
  • Interests
    Boating, travel, swimming, gym
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival, RCL, Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean, southern, and western
  1. Im in process of checking flights back home after cruise. Right now I can fly cheaper from FLL then from Miami.. Anybody know if there is a Shuttle that goes from Miami port to FLL airport besides taking a cab or rental car? A rental car would be 100.00 for 3 hours.. LOL. Anybody here ever do that kind of transfer and how much was the cost?
  2. Anybody on this cruise? 7 day Western....
  3. Im thinking of taking the Jewel of Seas for 7 days Sept 30 2012 up the New England coast, mainly because my family wants to go to see the fall leaves etc.. Im not really into "cool/ cold" weather cruises. But I guess i can live with it. After seeing some pics on the VTG website, is the "Solarum Pool" have a roof over it? Im sure its heated. Anybody take a cruise on that ship that time of year up north? was that pool packed full of people since its the only one not outside? Just curous.. I was only on one other RCCL ship, Independance, which was very nice, also had heated pool. I will probably stay on the ship most of the time anyhow.
  4. mavis2222

    Virgin Mobile

    I know this isnt considered a topic for a cruise. Im asking this here for the fact that most of you travel to your cruise ports or departure in variuos city by form of airplane or vehicle. Anyhow.. Ive had AT&T for about 7 yrs now. And Ive been keeping an eye on the Android Market lately. Granted I love AT&Ts phones but I dont like getting Nickled and dimed to death when i can get the same service for half the price with another carryer. Virgin Mobile just Got a New Android Phone I like and the plan is Unlimited web, text, e mail, etc and 300 anytime minutes for 35.00 a month. Right now Im paying 60.00 month with all the junk fees for ATT cheapest plan 400 anytime and 5000 nights and weekend and a 400 text plan per month, plus 1 MB of data. My minute usage never exceeds 40 min per month, but my texting is always pushing the limit. Anyhow.. I dont expect Virgin Mobile to work on a ship since I dont use my phone while cruiseing anyhow except the day the ship leaves when its still in USA. How many of you have Virgin Mobile? And how is Virgin Mobile coverage in varoius US citys like Miami, FLL, Tampa, and On Interstes to and from outside other major areas?
  5. Ive been a AT&T phone customer for many years. Im thinking about changing to Virgin Mobile since there allot cheaper. Trying to figure the pros and cons. Besides there phone selection not being great, does anybody here Have Virgin Mobile and tryed to use it on a ship that has there own cell towers? Carnival for example, "Cellular at Sea." I know AT&T works. I mostly send a text or 2. But is nice to know in case of emergency. I do know there service does NOT work in port of other countrys. Im only conserned about on ship while at sea.
  6. [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=magenta]First of all, just wanted to thank some of the people that came up to me from this website. The first one was while checking in. Sorry I dont remember any names here.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=#ff00ff] Im not the one to write reviews or judge ships, since I ve been on many differnt ones, im easy to please. As long as it floats and provides me with food and a place to sleep, that is all that matters.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=#ff00ff][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=#ff00ff]Check in...Havent taken a cruise out of Tampa for over 10 yrs since the Tropicale. I drove to the port with 2 vehicles and my parents, sister, her husbannd, and Nephiew. My sister drove the other car. She kept calling my cell every few miles, reminding me about this and that and aslo about mailing a Netfix DVD before getting on ship. After getting about 1 mile from pier I spotted a mail truck and had to drive couple blocks out of way to do that, which threw off the directions and the GPS, which kept "recalculating"..[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=#ff00ff] At Terminal drop off, we dumped all luggage and people at pier, then I went and parked the Van which I had to drive around block about 2 times to find enterance to garauge..Parked on 2nd level, then I walked back with my carryon about 2 blocks to terminal...First "Kilt" compliment was from a teen sitting on sidewalk as I walked by. He said "is that a Utilikilt? I said yes..He said, Way cool..I have one"..I should of said to him..."Why arent you wearing it?"..Im sure he didnt own one...[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=#ff00ff] Got to check in, VIP wasnt marked very well, had to find it. Then it "bottlnecked" on the second floor with all the other people. My Dad was in a wheelchair which my Sister was attending to was ahead of me. The VIP area after the security was in a seperate area with chairs, etc and barracaded off with dividers to make it "more important"..LOL...Any how..Got on ship about 20 minutes later..I guess it was shortly after 12pm. [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=#ff00ff] Cabin... I learned from the last cruise, that the door to the V deck cabins was shut at the elevator end..So guess what I did.....I walked around and went up the stairs on the bridge wing and went in the "secret" door to my cabin..V-6. It was already for me and the Cabin was very clean and new looking. I havent figured out how to post links for pics and videos to here..I do have videos on my cabin on facebook under the name "david stein" in case your interested..You dont have to befriend me to view. They are set for public view.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=#ff00ff] I did notice some noise from the Gym above me, but it wasnt any worse then the whisle noise heard from the balcony door of winds blowing past the door seal. Overall, it never bothered me.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=#ff00ff] There is a small mini bar with glasses and a refrigerator in room. 2 110 outlets at desk area and a 220 euro type outlet as well. The 2 110s are so close together (side by side not stacked like most), that if you try to plug in a cell charger and something else, they wont fit together. You still need a power strip if you use any plug bigger than a standard size plug. I had a power strip in a checked bag..I was able to use it, they DID NOT take it from me. I didnt look for a outlet in bathroom, which im sure there is one. I just didnt have a need for it. Overall, service was exelant by both cabin stewerds and I had plenty of chances to talk with both of them. I orderd room service 1 time and It came in a timely matter.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=#ff00ff]LIDO.....Ate there after I got settled in my cabin and met the rest of my family...Madhouse as always..I thought the food was a decent selction..However I was dissapointed with the self serve ice cream..On the Fantasy back in Apr. which was the last same class ship I was on since 2003 (paradise). Fantasy had 4 ice cream machines (2 yougurt and 2 regular ice cream). Inspiration had 2 total..1 of each..And the ice cream one was broken the first 3 days. I guess they are trying to cut back even more. The 900 kids on the ship didnt help things either...[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=#ff00ff] SHOWS...I only saw 2 shows and enjoyed them both "Generations" and "latino"..I missed the comedy shows even though the ship does have a comedy club above a specialty resteraunt. Ive been on so many carnival ships, that the shows kina run the same, so i elect to miss a few at times.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=#ff00ff] PORTS..Both Grand Caymen and Cozumel..I didnt leave the ship..I stayed onboard and enjoyed the pool with the very few people left onboard and also enjoyed the Mongolion grille which was almost impossibe on sea days because of the lines....[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=#ff00ff] GYM....Im a gym user and for this class of ship, it had very good state of art equipment "Lifefitness" machines. The staff from gym remembered me by name and talked with me even when one of them saw me out on deck. The mens steamroom and saunia was clean and in good working order. [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=#ff00ff] DAY OF RETURN.....Of all the cruises ive taken..all i can say is the staff did a good job enforcing the luggage tag colors and deck levels on debarcation..The lobby area was never crowded as with the starways. I had #1 tags for self assist and VIP for checked bags. However, since my parents were with me, I elected to check my bags along with others in our family to ease tension with wheelchair, etc. SO.....After about a hour with the self assist people leaving..They finally...Called VIP..By that time..half the ship was already gone...Personally, I think it should go in this order...Handicap, VIP, Self assist, then gerneral debarcation...[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=#ff00ff]BUT....Im not to complain...so I went along with it..[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=#ff00ff] After getting into the terminal..I found out why things took so long....[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=#ff00ff] We all had to go down from upper to lower level by use of only ONE elevator for the whole ship..Because...SOMEBODY forgot to turn on the esculator to which was turned on when I was close to the elevator with 20 people in front of me...I had to use the elevator because of a wheelchair. The VIP area in the warehouse for the luggage was in a good spot and wasnt mixed up with the general luggage so it was easy to find all our bags. We hired a porter and they carried all our bags to our vehicles with no isues at all. (9 bags). Its amazing how they get all those bags on one hand cart. [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=#ff00ff] Since im not a expert in writing a review and this may seemed mixed up, Im sorry..Overall I had a great cruise, and would take another out of Tampa again, only wish it was longer..[IMG]http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2098873&id=1441963870[/IMG][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
  7. Back when I started my very first Carnival Cruise in 1998. I started a "tradition" at dinner when I orderd the cold soup Strawberry Bisque. They served it in a small soupbowl that had the steep sides which made it easy to pour into a glass. Anyhow, I used to pour the soup into a wine glass and drink it like a shake....Untill..The last 2 cruises...Now im dissapointed. They serve it in a wide cerial type bowl with a glob of somthing in middle then pour the soup into the bowl at the table..I can no longer pour it into a glass without making a mess..:mad:. Cant belive they changed the way it is served. I think I got to many other people drinking it like I was..:D. The last time I had it the normal way was on RCCL Independence, which they serve it the way I used to seeing it served. So far the Miracle and the Fantasy serve it the new way where im forced to use a spoon to eat it.
  8. Im familiar with these cabins on Fantasy since I stayed in one. I was on the Carnival Funville site and sombody posted a link to a website that had cabin info on Inspiration. It sayed the V-Deck balcony cabins had a whilpool/shower combo in the bathroom...Is that true? The cabin I had on the Fantasy (V-9) just had a shower. I think that website has false info since I belive a tub wont fit in that cabin bathroom anyhow, even though that shower was bigger then others ive booked on newer ships. The Fantasy was upgraded recently and the Inspiration wasnt "i think", and im guessing the Inspiration has the older stuff in cabins.
  9. Im not really a big fan of Meet and Greets on ships as far as meeting all the people from here in a certain area. However, I dont mind meeting and talking to anybody from this site while around differnt areas of ship. If you see a guy wearing a Utilikilt and a Practikilt, it will be me. Since I will be the only one. I did post a few pics of me wearing one on the Roll Call forum for Inspiration on Nov 20th. Im sure some of you have seen already.
  10. mavis2222

    How Funny...LOL

    I see sombody got "O.F.F.E.N.D.E.D"..As Niel Boortz and Michial Savage would say...They removed the tread for the "Balcony Club"....People need to get a life..LOL
  11. Anybody have pics of Cabin V-6 on the Inspiration? I know its the 3rd one back from the bridge wing. I stayed in a simular one on fantasy and liked it. Just curious.