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  1. Well considering this is the CCL board I tried to mention the things I’ve taken notice of on their line. I believe I did give a blanket acknowledgement to changes brought on by many lines. I can also say that I’ve never seen entire YouTube videos featuring passengers eating Guys burgers over and over and over and over and over and over and over for lunches and dinners. Each to his own but IMHO I feel these people have been convinced that is what they should be eating because they are aboard a Carnival cruise ship. Side note, I have not actively searched for YouTube videos for any cruise line pushing burgers but looking through some videos on the ship I’ll be sailing soon I noticed a recurring theme.
  2. Theories seem to abound on the HAL board about this. The scan itself looks like it was photo-shopped as lines appear to be cut. Other thoughts are this happened on a Culinary Afficanado’s cruise perhaps by the Culinary Council. Constant though is that not many have experienced this on their recent sailings so I’m not sure it holds water.
  3. Wonder if this was a Culinary Afficianados Cruise since the food quality/menu is probably a step up from normal MDR dinner fare?
  4. Where did this rumor start? A Celebrity board? LoL. HAL is a wonderful, old time line, the notion of charging in MDR off regular menu makes no sense.
  5. There is a difference between "class" cruising such as White Star Line where you get the level of service you're paying for and classic cruising which Royal Caribbean was in those days. By "classic cruising" I meant a high staff to guest ratio, superb room steward and wait staff service (even the Maitre de becomes very familiar with you), midnight buffets, food quality and menu, the entertainment staff who would sit at your table in the MDR and the Captain and staff who would be seated for dinner in the MDR, the Captain's Cocktail Hour, etc. Of course much of this has gotten impossible on the mega-ships but I think you understand now what I was referring to.
  6. Thanks for your opinion but you really don’t know my circumstances do you? We’re staying in a local hotel the night prior and the shuttle service will have us to the port by 10AM and the earliest check in time I could take was noon. I also am recovering from a broken ankle (10 weeks post Op today) and while I’m improving standing in line/waiting around for 2 hours was not something I had any desire to do at the beginning of my vacation.
  7. I was on the Grandeur in 2006 and it felt dated then! I wasn’t a fan of the ship and I feel Carnival food quality far exceeds Royal Caribbean in the buffets and MDR in regards to selection and quality of product. My vote is for the Pride though I’ve never sailed her.
  8. Sorry but you’re wrong on so many levels. The reality is there weren’t many lines/ships to serve the masses and the popularity of cruising was so high with repeat cruisers that the majority of the industry didn’t feel the need to even advertise because sailings were at capacity without needing to. If the “old style of cruising” was such a turn off, why was the “Love Boat” such a beloved show?
  9. Really? The cake at the coffee bar is extra??? Damn more tragic news!
  10. My first cruise at age 12 in 1989 was on the RCL Nordic Prince, it was at that time the epitome of classic cruising (per the reviews of my parents who had been cruising since the early 70s), My second cruise was on the then glitzy and obnoxiously glamourous Carnival Ecstasy in 1994. I remember the commercials with Kathy Lee Gifford, “If they could see me now, on a FUN ship cruise”.....that line alone forever changed the impression of cruising. It was meant to appeal to the masses, to the non-cruiser. What the non-cruiser didn’t know, the traditions of cruising, they might never find out about if only taking a Carnival cruise (granted back then Carnival still offered many of the same traditional cruise indulgences as the other lines) but you simply didn’t see Royal Caribbean or any of the other lines (mostly non-American at that point in history) advertising........so that’s how Carnival, as the oldest brand, began to change the traditions and the model. I have my opinions that if Carnival hadn’t done so, cruising wouldn’t be as mass market and the costs would probably have increased with inflation. The cost of a lowest category inside cabin on a 7 day Bermuda cruise in 1989 on RCL was $975pp with 3 in a cabin. Can you imagine what that cost might equate to now with inflation if cruise lines never found the need to fall in a mass market affordable budget???? Again, not a bad thing, just reality.
  11. Staterooms not being ready upon boarding IS a relatively newer concept, probably began around 2009, and if room steward crew count has declined (I can neither confirm or deny the concept but would understand financially why it’s true) the reasoning is clear. I do wonder though from personal experience how so many rooms simply aren’t ready because by the time they ask you to be out of your stateroom (approx 8am on debarkation morning), I tend to notice about 40%-50% of rooms already turned over.
  12. Staterooms not being ready upon boarding IS a relatively newer concept, probably began around 2009, and if room steward crew count has declined (I can neither confirm or deny the concept but would understand financially why it’s true) the reasoning is clear. I do wonder though from personal experience how so many rooms simply aren’t ready because by the time they ask you to be out of your stateroom (approx 8am on debarkation morning), I tend to notice about 40%-50% of rooms already turned over.
  13. To be honest I did mention “all cruise lines” in my OP but I certainly believe Carnival has spearheaded the change if for no other reason than they are the oldest that set out to offer a different model. Carnival through their effective marketing has also introduced cruise travel to millions who knew nothing of it. They told the customer what to expect, the customer never learned the tradition and history. Norwegian followed with that marketing and lead their campaign to change the model. I’ve cruised once with NCL when their ships were the first to offer a speciality restaurant(s) but prior to the all-inclusive perks offerings. The point is each line has tried to offer a slightly different product but Carnival has lead the change and has “creatively” learned to add revenues by selling or changing what was a longtime cruise tradition.
  14. I completely agree and that’s spawned many of the changes I’m sure. You can’t maintain a quality level on a lesser budget and I am always the first to say that Carnival especially remains a great value for the travel dollar. Again, doesn’t mean I have to “like” every change they’ve made.
  15. What I’m doing is starting a discussion and sharing my thoughts on these boards. I’m sorry You see criticism as complaining, Your world is so black and white, I’m sorry.
  16. Did I say I don’t like Carnival? I didn’t realize it was an all or nothing thing. I have the ability to like and dislike many things and appreciate those that I think are good and dismiss those I dislike. Perhaps if this country found this philosophy acceptable it wouldn’t be such a mess.
  17. Sorry if your idea of cruising is “Would you like fries with that?”
  18. Don’t get me wrong, all lines have “modernized” cruising but IMHO Carnival has integrated the most number of practices to change the tradition of cruising, their worst being once a day servicing of your stateroom. I would never want to have to chose just once in such a small room on vacation. I wonder how many people on Carnival ships know they can order multiple items off the MDR menu? They’ve convinced the masses that Guy Fierri burgers are a proper meal plan. Again, yes I know everyone has different tastes but the burger push is real on Carnival. Selling access to board the ship, FTTF, is also a “new” concept that I really don’t understand but yet I’ve purchased it on my upcoming cruise.
  19. Sorry you don’t see the difference between my responding that your information wasn’t helpful in comparison to Bernards comments. I truly don’t think my response to you was snarky.
  20. Glad it gives you entertainment to be rude and speak down to people. It’s sad your life is so empty that being sarcastic is your only joy
  21. Keyboard quarterbacks love to be snide. I avoid these boards unless I have questions. I will seldom even participate in a Roll Call.
  22. Try to gauge stateroom availability in the category you desire and if it's possible wait for a better promotion. The Sail Beyond event is still going on per their website and so is the Twenty Twenty sale. I booked an OV cabin on a 7 night cruise over MLK Jr Holiday and received 3 perks ($150pp OBC, Classic Beverage & Wifi) with a non-refundable deposit plus an extra $100 in OBC per cabin and the cost of my cruise was $100 less pp than it is now. Pricing can be very cyclical so if there's a lot of availability perhaps its best to wait to book.
  23. I’m sorry I didn’t interpret the OP’s question in regards to Value as that is pretty subjective, I thought it read “What is the COST of the Classic Beverage Package Perk?”
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