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About Steve551

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  • Location
    Mountains of Southern Arizona
  • Interests
    Texas Holdem, fast cars, and cruising
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    We are destination cruisers not loyal to any cruise line but I like Celebrity. My wife likes Cunard.
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    I love Rome

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  1. Forward Cove Balconies. My wife loves to be close to the water. - to hear the ship cutting through the water. I like Cove balconies because it saves a lot of money especially compared to some of the cabins we book on other cruise lines.
  2. If the itinerary were the same in most cases I would pick Royal over Carnival. We are old school cruisers (20+ years) and enjoy many of the things that Carnival has cut back on. We have more than 100 days cruising with Carnival so this isn't meant as a put down of Carnival but they have changed a lot over the years - IMHO not for the better. We will continue to cruise with Carnival but they are no longer our first choice. This is a little off subject but our favorite cruise line, out of the "major" cruise lines, is Celebrity (mayve that's because our favorite Mediterranean cruise was with Celebrity). . Our favorite ships are the Royal Caribbean Oasis Class - there's nothing else quite like them anywhere.
  3. I won the Royal Caribbean cruise, which included Ocean View cabin and a seat in their main event, for $100. The NCL cruise, which included Inside Cabin and a seat in their main event, for $100. The RCL I was on an Ante-Up Poker cruise. I wasn't doing well on the cash tables that day so I went upstairs to the casino just in time to enter their $100 satellite. I ran so well that I took a huge chip advantage to the final table. I ended up heads up against a guy who was playing in his first poker tournament. His wife was watching and when he won the first hand she got so excited because she thought he had won the cruise.... I almost hated to win....almost LOL
  4. Won 2 poker cruises for 2019 (RCL & NCL). Next "free" cruise 12/1/19 on the Getaway (except for taxes and port fees). Flying using points = an inexpensive vacation. I haven't figured up the cost per day but it isn't much.
  5. Carnival has an insanely loyal following. Kind of reminds me of In-n-Out. Good burger but far from the best. Been on 19 Carnival cruises, 10 or so with Celebrity, and a few more with Royal. Celebrity is my favorite cruise line, my wife prefers Royal (because of the Oasis Class ships). Since we are destination cruisers I would pick Celebrity over Carnival "if" the itinerary were similar. But I would be over-ruled if an Oasis Class ship also had a similar itinerary LOL
  6. You don't think that Carnival has "experts" of their own? Who do you think comes up with all of the ideas on where to cut service to save money?
  7. Reminds me of the Beach Boy's song, "I'm getting those good vibrations..."
  8. Hotels don't provide a lot of things that a cruise ship does. Should the cruise lines only offer the amenities that a hotel offers? I think that the little things like twice a day cabin service, candies at night, and etc is associated by many as part of the over-all cruise experience. It's because for many years twice a day cabin service was the "norm" on Carnival, like it still is on other cruise lines. Personally, I'm fine with once a day cabin service.
  9. Let's see, I'm gonna hit the horse one more time.... "What do you call the new Hub app?" I call it the Hub App. "What about the ability to have pizza delivered anywhere on the ship?" I call it a way for Carnival to make money...it ain't free. "New ports being built?" Investment in future business...where do you think the money comes from? That's right, cutbacks LOL "New ships?" if they weren't making money with them they wouldn't build them would they? "New menus?" The old ones were wearing out. They only change once every 10-years or so. "Table clothes are not hygienic anyway. Lots of people have to handle those before they land on the table." You mean they aren't as hygienic as the napkins (that you wipe your mouth with), or the dishes, or or the silverware, or those jars of butter, or the buffet line, or all of the surfaces of the ship? "It's called change." Of course it's change. All cutbacks are changes... Just finished a cruise with Princess (Carnival's sister cruise line). Tablecloths every night; no one asked me if I wanted morning or evening cabin service, I got both...including little candies on my pillow; they even gave me a plastic pen; butter wasn't in a jar to be shared with everyone, it was cut into little pats; they still had the individual cereals; the list goes on. Now you're going to say, "Just cruise with Princess if it's so good"...you were going to say that weren't you? I knew it!
  10. Cutback: an act or instance of reducing something, typically expenditures. Not having table cloths each evening in the MDR reduces Carnival's expenditures AKA cutback: The cost of the table cloths; the cost of cleaning the table cloths; the cost of handling the table cloths (placing/removing) Some people "value" table cloths just like some value all the other"small" things that Carnival no longer does.
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