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    Dunedin, Florida
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    cruising, reading
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival, Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    St. Thomas

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  1. For those that have been to Italy...they have something called italytourshare dot com or something similar...where you sign up for private tours, others join you, and then you have a group. Does anyone know if any of our ports have something similar? We did 3 of these on the Horizon inaugural and the small private tours were terrific and reasonable.
  2. It is clearly written, but not often followed. Credit is given all the time to people on reduced rates. Who decides and where is the line drawn to break the "clear" rule?
  3. Thanks, Carol. I thought so, too. I have already called investor relations...who else can I contact to get it? She was not helpful or supportive and when I told her to please stop laughing at my request, she got really snippy. I was really calm and sweet and she just kept saying not to be "greedy" and "you already got a great rate". I did ask her about where is the line drawn? Who is to say what is a great rate? She said, we'll lose money on you and if we get audited...compliance...blah blah, lots of buzz words which I didn't understand. I finally just hung up.
  4. Hello. We are very frequent cruisers and have loved the CCL credits for being stockholders. We were offered a casino rate for a cruise coming up in a few months. We were denied the 100.00 credit because "we already got a great deal" and anyone with a "reduced rate" doesn't qualify. Yes, we got a reduced rate, but still are spending over 1000.00 dollars, so certainly not a "free" cruise by any means. I called corporate investor relations and was given the run around...first the "you already got a great deal" then something about compliance, then you sent it too early and it has to be less than 3 weeks due to needing the most current stock portfolio paperwork. So, which is it? Who doesn't sail at some sort of reduced rate is what I asked. Whether resident rate, senior citizen rate, special promo rate...probably very few sail at a not reduced rate, yet she quoted the corporate paperwork saying anyone on a "reduced rate" doesn't qualify. This is our 22nd cruise. We aren't new to this, but the first time refused. I'm frustrated because it seems like an arbitrary decision. Thoughts?
  5. Hello. We are very frequent cruisers and have loved the CCL credits for being stockholders. We were offered a casino rate for a cruise coming up in a few months. We were denied the 100.00 credit because "we already got a great deal" and anyone with a "reduced rate" doesn't qualify. Yes, we got a reduced rate, but still are spending over 1000.00 dollars, so certainly not a "free" cruise by any means. I called corporate investor relations and was given the run around...first the "you already got a great deal" then something about compliance, then you sent it too early and it has to be less than 3 weeks due to needing the most current stock portfolio paperwork. So, which is it? Who doesn't sail at some sort of reduced rate is what I asked. Whether resident rate, senior citizen rate, special promo rate...probably very few sail at a not reduced rate, yet she quoted the corporate paperwork saying anyone on a "reduced rate" doesn't qualify. This is our 22nd cruise. We aren't new to this, but the first time refused. I'm frustrated because it seems like an arbitrary decision. Thoughts?
  6. We are sailing together! Thanks for the info. I didn't get an email. I'm a bit of a planner and look forward to movies under the stars. Never saw either, so that looks wonderful.
  7. Absolutely, Princess is great. We are Platinum on both Princess and Carnival. Carnival has a great product for those that don't want "frat boy" experiences. For us, sailing in a spa room is a quiet, lovely way to travel. No frat boys there! You can also bring wine on Carnival ships. When I was new at cruising...it was threads like this that were helpful as new cruisers don't know a lot of things, like that you can bring wine on board or ask for something from the kids' menu even if you are an adult. We have not sailed Princess in a decade, so that was the intention of this thread, to remind me, and perhaps others of the "secrets or hacks" that we might have forgotten or never knew. Certainly, no offense intended at all.
  8. Does anyone know what might be showing on the Royal in a few weeks?
  9. Saw this on the Carnival board and thought it was brilliant! Does anyone have any creative ways of "legally" making things better or more interesting on board.... ie: The guava juice at breakfast is awesome. We always take a larger container of it back to the cabin frig and mix with our alcohol for delicious cocktails.
  10. Thank you to everyone. Seems like Princess is relaxed about this and having never had any significant on board credit, it is nice to know our options. Appreciate your time and this board so much.
  11. I feel like I have seen this discussed before, but can't seem to find the thread that explains it, so please forgive me for asking again. We have a combination of OBC from travel agency and shareholder credit. We'd like to use some as tips, but can some be used in the casino? If yes to the casino, how is this done? Thanks so much. On the Royal in two weeks!
  12. consmarci

    Bearspray?

    Thank you to all! Appreciate your thoughts, tips, and advice. Will let you know how it turns out.
  13. Thank you for posting these. We have E110 on the Royal next month in Alaska and have marked it "no upgrade" and I was concerned, but that balcony looks really roomy!
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