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  1. It really not at all like Christmas which is at a fixed time and “always available”. It’s a lot more like scheduling time off for a necessary but flexible medical procedure. If you knew your were going to undergo knee replacement in a couple of years, would you schedule the time off then or wait until things were scheduled. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    B2B Cruises - Why do you do it?

    The two back to backs we’ve done have been 5day/4day and 5day/5day. In both cases we started off seeing a great deal on a 5 day on a ship that was new to us in driving distance. Within a few weeks, we had buyers remorse because we came to the realization that 5 days just wasn’t enough. Both times when we went back, the 2nd leg ended up being cheaper and in one case the price of our original leg had gone down a bit and we got OBC to boot! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Carnival Vista Itinerary Change

    It’s not Carnival’s responsibility to make sure private tour operators make money, but it is their responsibility to let paying passengers know in advance that they are not getting what they expected when they expected it. Sure, the contract says they can change at anytime for any reason, but it is customary and expected that passengers don’t wake up in Cozumel Tuesday morning when they thought they were going to be at sea and at Jamaica the next day. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Steakhouse no longer $35

    I agree it’s more than $38 but it’s not $138. We’re regularly paying about $1000 each for a 7 day Balcony cabin- of that $300 is a charge to upgrade from a basic inside and I think looking at the lowest priced cabin is a fair way to look at this since Main dining, shows, other meals and other included entertainment are included. So let’s say we’re paying $100 for an inside cabin and all the other included stuff. I realize a cruise ship inside cabin is now where near as nice as a $129 hotel room, but we’re also getting transportation to 3 or 4 tropical destinations and the inside cabin is nicer than any airline seat. So I think it’s fair to say the inside cabin is worth $65 of the $100 per day fare. I won’t count breakfast, as that usually comes with the room. But lunch a a decent buffet: probably $15 maybe a little less but there’s other snacks all day long so I’m thinking we’re up to $80, just in the room and non dinner food. The playlist shows and the comedy club? Let’s call that the price a a movie ticket and popcorn. I’ve already gotten my $100 Worth and I haven’t even touched some of the other freebies (water slides) that come with the bargain that is cruising. So let me ask you this: if you already had $125 worth of value for your $100, might you put that extra $25 towards $38 to get a better meal for a net $13? Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    A Good Reason to Choose the Late Seating

    We love late seating as the pool is not over-crowded during early seating. Embark day and during early seating are about the only time we frequent the pool. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    NCL Star Jumper affected passengers

    People with special needs are helped every time they avail themselves of special services. These special services are paid for by all, most of whom do not need the services and it does not take a natural disaster for us to happily do so. Your post and OPs illustrate why many on this board are irked. The help that is given is not recognized as help, but rather an expectation or even a human right. What used to be recognized as a kindness is now something for folks to complain about when it is not rendered as expected, regardless of circumstance. And those who recognize this shift have no humanity. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Breakfast attire

    Not so. On Vision last year I was wearing a sleeveless T shirt for a comfortable drive home on debark day. I was denied entry for breakfast at the MDR. Of course everything else was packed on shore so we did the buffet. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  8. Ship will probably be decorated for Christmas, but in our experience the only special events, outside of a cruise on Christmas, will be sales at the ships stores - that aren’t really sales. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Day 1 LOW-KEY Lunch - WHERE?

    For us it’s not that spot, but that time. Have a nice breakfast at the hotel that will hold you over till they announce the rooms are open for all. Then the buffet is wide open. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Carnival Pride from Baltimore

    When you have the cruise for free, it’s a lot more palatable to pony up for air. With Galveston a 6hr Drive, and NOLA a 10hr Drive, the last time we flew for a cruise was five years ago when we were using a free cruise cert we won playing bingo. 18 month’s is plenty of time to find a 6 day window for work vacation and with that much notice very easy to find good air. And gee, how bout driving to NY or Charleston to do something different? Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  11. The other 4000 passengers don’t all want to sit on a deck chair by the pool. If someone wants to go to the gym all morning long, good for them there are plenty who don’t , same with the trivia, piano bar, and everything else that’s included in the cruise fare but not designed to handle 4000 people. If somebody wants to ride the water slide all day, thus making the line a little longer for those who just want to do it once, that does not make them a slide hog. I do think it would be great if all of the lines installed some cubbies near the pool. We go to the pool deck to enjoy the pool. We have to put our stuff someplace, so it’s usually a single chair near the pool. When we feel like laying out we’ll be on our balcony - the ocean view is much better there. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Cruises from NYC

    Just as Triumph and Victory started their inaugural seasons in NYC. While Carnival may not keep their new ships their very long, over the years they have been very good about giving New Yorkers the opportunity to sail on their newest ships without having to fly. As others have stated, maybe NCL has done a better job on the new ship in New York front over the past 15 years, but RCL only recently put a new ship in New York, Celebrity has had the aged Summit in Bermuda runs for eons, and you don’t see new ships from Princess or Hal or MSC ever in NY. So I don’t understand why some are saying Carnival is treating NY cruisers like second class cruisers. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Taking food back to your room

    We always pack a few disposable plastic containers and to-go coffee cups. Nothing better than a breakfast taco from Blue Iguana on the balcony. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Oasis Class in Galveston?

    That’s a real good point, I wonder what they’re gonna do about that. Cayman is perfectly situated between Jamaica and Coz on the Central Itinerary, and I don’t think the O class ships call at Progresso on the Western itineraries (along with Belize). Really just 4 Oasis friendly ports in reach from Galveston... Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Oasis Class in Galveston?

    This news, while very welcome, gives us a first world problem: We just crossed the threshold for a free cruise with our BOA MasterCard and were planning to use it to do something besides sailing out of Galveston on the Liberty. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that, just done it three times). So I was all geared up to pay for air to sail on Allure, but with an O class coming to Galveston soon that seems silly. So then I was thinking we’d do an S class ship with X but redemption levels for X are much higher. So now I don’t know what to do. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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