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summersigh

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    Carolina Coast
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    travel, car racing
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America & Carnival
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Canaveral and Charleston

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  1. Nothing says "Caribbean Sail Away" to DH and I like a tall, cold Rum Punch 🍹 During the cruise we drink Crown, Scotch and/or the random Dirty Martini ... but Sail Away is a Festive Occasion !!! 😀😎😉
  2. I came across a cool little pair of black flip-flops. What makes them cool are the bows with rhinestone buckles. It changes the whole vibe from flip-flop to dinner "sandals" without affecting the comfort ... and they take just a tiny bit of room in the suitcase.
  3. example ... today I booked a cruise for Nov 2020. Price and timing were great for us. Not sure I'd have jumped on it this early if not for the $50 deposits. (sale is over tomorrow July 13 on my CCL site). Got our favorite cabin too 😉
  4. This is our thinking as well. DH has health issues that could keep us from going so this is easier as you said and for the same $50
  5. If it were me I'd request being seated with another family early in the week before your sailing. Your request would involve another family's seating as well as your own ... not just a simple swapping of one table for your family with another of the same size. You might also try contacting John Heald thru his FB page posting what you'd like 4 days before you sail. (Post in the morning). He'll need your ship and sailing date as well as your cabin number as well as your request.
  6. Ditto what purplephenom said 🙂 Sunshine has become our favorite ship too. We went looking to have a good time and we did. Crowds didn't seem to be the huge/bad issue folks make it out to be except for perhaps the comedy club where the lines were bad. We don't do the comedy shows so we didn't really care about that 😉 Kids were having a great time on the ropes course and with the water park slides. Print out deck plans (3 - 4 - 5 - 9 - 10 } for the public decks and use it to help you determine the routes around the ship with the least congestion. An example of how these "long wait for food stories" start is with Guys Burgers. It opens at noon .... and there's are 2 long lines to get the burgers and the toppings .... BUT 45 minutes later the wait is maybe 5 minutes.
  7. On our last cruise I tried something different and was really happy with the outcome. It made unpacking a breeze 😉 I used cheap metal hangers from our dry cleaning to hang all my tops and all of DH's button shirts. Then when I packed I folded the tops and his shirts still on the hangers (I slipped the hanger down a little so the hook was even with the collars. When it was time to unpack all I had to do was whip the tops and shirts out of the suitcase and onto the closet rod.... done in less than a minute. I left the empty hangers behind since I use plastic hangers at home and will start collecting new metal hangers from the dry cleaning when I get home 👜
  8. On one of our CCL cruises we were assigned the table next to two 10 tops assigned to a group of 20 - assorted ages. Nightly, they moved around at will in the seating as long as they used their 2 tables. The teens claimed the end of one of the tables and seemed quite happy with that arrangement.
  9. Sunshine out of Charleston - This coming December - 5 days $79.95
  10. It just seemed like there wasn't any effort to replace a really cool cruise with something cooler than Nassau. In 2020 Charleston October thru December there are NO cruises that don't go to Nassau. We're thrilled to have the Sunshine - our favorite - but variety in itineraries would be welcome.
  11. We were surprised and disappointed last evening when we got an email from CCL telling us our Cuba/Key West Oct 12, 2020 from Charleston had an itinerary changed. I understand the Cuba cancellation BUT they also took away Key West .. and gave us Princess Cay and NASSAU. Come on ... Nassau STINKS . Almost every other cruise out of Charleston goes to Nassau. Princess Cay and Key West would have been fine
  12. We were surprised and dissapointed last evening when we got an email from CCL telling us our Cuba/Key West Oct 12, 2020 from Charleston had an itinerary changed. I understand the Cuba cancellation BUT they also took away Key West .. and gave us Princess Cay and NASSAU. Come on ... Nassau STINKS . Almost every other cruise out of Charleston goes to Nassau. Princess Cay and Key West would have been fine
  13. everything you want to know ... and more 🙂 https://www.mahoganybaycc.com/Port-Information.aspx
  14. o Definitely do a tour - the first day if possible. We chose one in a van so there wasn't a big crowd. Being there as long as you will be it's nice to have some background on the history and where "stuff" is. Something we've been doing lately on cruises (and Bermuda would be perfect for it) is pre-booking private tours on the various islands. Most charge by the hour - not by the person so it can actually come out to around the same price as a group tour. We choose by checking Trip Advisor and the islands tourism office to find reputable companies and then email them with what we'd desire to see if they can fufill it. (for example my DH has health issues and can't leave on a tour before noon - so we request a tour for 3 or 4 hours starting around noon. ) even many of the companies that do group tours in cars or suv's will arrange a private tour.
  15. Last December I emailed the Maitre'd of the Breeze. We already had late seating but I very politely asked to be at a large table as we eat in the MDR every night and enjoy chatting with a group at dinner. He moved us to a table for 10 - with one other couple. The other couple let us know they only ate in the MDR the first night and any "cruise elegant" nights. The wait staff finally moved us to a 4-top on day 3 and added a single gentleman. It was ok but it was not the experience we'd have preferred. On several evenings the Maitre'd would look over our way but studiously avoided coming anywhere near our table.
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