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  1. We have cruised Carnival 5 times, RCI once and Norwegian once.  Wondering how Celebrity differs.  To be honest my wife and I are very laid back and we like to be comfortable on vacation.  I’m hoping the Celebrity crowd is not too sophisticated for our liking.  During the daytime while just kicking around the ship do people where T-shirts and jean shorts and flip-flops?  Or is it polo shirts and pleated dressy shorts?   We don’t do formal nights in the dining room so on the other nights are jeans (men and/or women) and button up shirts common?   Is their karaoke nightly?   Generally how is the live music?   Rock/pop bands or string quartets?   Just trying to get a feel for the vibe in general.  Thanks in advance

  2. So my parents, age 82 and 79 are taking their first cruise. They ere told to bring their marriage certificate with them. They don’t have passports and are using birth certificates and state issued ID at boarding. I’ve never heard of the marriage certificate requirement before. Neither of our daughters-in-law needed them with Carnival. Any thoughts?



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  3. We have booked an Ultra Spacious Ocean View on EOS, specifically room 8200. I was wondering if someone has photos of this or a similar room. Sleeps 6, 2 in a bunkbed setup that appears to be almost closet-like. I’m wondering how many plugins there are. Is there one in the bunkbed closet? (We have 3 C-paps). Any insight would be helpful. The booking agent said it was 328 sq. ft. but the sample rooms I’ve seen online are either slightly larger or smaller than that.



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  4. Be aware that tere may be possible after effects of using a Scopolmine patch to avoid sea sickness. according to a recent artical:

    Scopolamine patch, Tranderm Scop, is marketed by Baxter Healthcare for Novartis for surgical antiemetic control or for the control of motion sickness. Each patch contains 1.5 mg of scopolamine programmed to deliver 1 mg over 3 days transdermally through a layer of rate controlling membrane.1 It was designed to be removed 24 hours after surgery. For control of motion sickness, it was to be changed every 72 hours and removed from the skin after the condition for motion sickness had passed. Scopolamine patch withdrawal syndrome is under-recognized and under-appreciated. A literature search and discussion with medical and pharmacy colleagues yielded very little information about adverse effects associated with discontinuation of scopolamine. Scopolamine is generally believed to be the most effective drug to control motion sickness, with a 75% reduction in motion-induced nausea and vomiting; others dispute that it is not any more effective than antihistamines like meclizine.2 Scopolamine patch is generally not recommended for children or the elderly because of toxicity.

    We had received several patient complaints about scopolamine patch withdrawal after using them for motion sickness control on vacations. The associated symptoms were described as being very debilitating, similar to exacerbated motion sickness with severe headache.3 This syndrome affected mostly patients who used the patch for 3 days or more, although there was at least one case in which a patient who only used the patch for 24 hours was affected. Typically, symptoms manifested 18 to 72 hours after the patch was removed and could last from several days to weeks. Common symptoms included nausea, headache, and blurred vision. These symptoms were consistent with rebound cholinergic activity and included dizziness, nausea, vomiting, paresthesias of the hands and feet, dysphoria, and hypotension.




    On a bit of a tangent, but referring to the above post, I never needed reading glasses until, while on my first cruise (using the patch) my vision became blurry. I couldn't read a menu onboard. And unfortunately I had to fly cross country alone after the cruise. Made it a bit tricky. I have needed reading glasses ever since and always wondered if the patch somehow triggered this loss of vision.



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  5. For me (5 cruises) it lasts 2-3 weeks. I have a little dizziness and borderline nausea. And for one day I get terribly nauseous, as if I have a stomach flu. This time I'm going to take Dramamine (and ginger. and anything else I think might work) AFTER the cruise. I have begun to wonder if it is caused by withdrawal from the anti-seasickness patch that I wear while onboard....Also, FYI, I never have gotten sick while onboard.



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  6. Check out www.windy.com for waves in Pacific (or anywhere) and you can see at the moment there are nine foot swells with a period of 8 seconds all the way from Vancouver to Hawaii. Of course this changes constantly but checking the link from time to time will give an idea what "typical" conditions are. I had been checking this really frequently for our Alaska cruise so we were prepared for the conditions off Vancouver Is. First night we had 9 foot swells with 10 second periods and sure enough every 10 seconds or so from our far forward cabin we heard "BOOM" all night long as we ran into swells going the other way. Same up & down motion on return but not as noisy as they were going with us.


    Note: if link does not show colorful waves display move the control at right side off of waves to something else then back to Waves.




    Awesome website. Thanks



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  7. Making our first cruise into the vast Pacific, to Hawaii. In general how are the waves there compared to the waters in the Caribbean? Can I expect some rougher going or similar? I haven't gotten seasick on my first 5 cruises and don't want to🤢. I wear a patch because I am a little susceptible to wooziness. What's been your experience?



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  8. We have done Royal and Carnival. Comparable product and the same passengers, though the ones on Royal tend to look down on Carnival. Carnival has group fun and Royal has individual fun. DW gives a slight nod to Carnival; I give a slight nod to Royal, but there's little to choose between them. We both prefer HAL.




    Tell me about HAL. One thing I don't want is to have to dress up much and I've heard they do have stricter 'dress codes'(?).



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