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  1. Can you share his tips so I can become a scientist too? 😉 Rolling vs. folding?
  2. Yea I realize things will be different once we are able to begin cruising again. Since it has been 4 years since we cruised on NCL I was curious if the service was still an option before the shut down. Thank you for providing your recent experiences with the bundled laundry service!! The pictures showing the different options with cost are very helpful! Can't wait to start cruising again since we've recently decided to pull the trigger and retire!!
  3. Hello! When I was on the Epic for a Mediterranean cruise in both 2014 and 2016, NCL offered a laundry deal towards the end of the cruise. I stuffed everything I could into a laundry bag for a specific price that was pretty reasonable. Does NCL still offer this deal? Any idea on the price? I'm going on an 11 day Greek Isles & Italy cruise in May 2021 and planning to spend some time before and after the cruise in Italy. It would be nice to be able to have some stuff washed. Thanks for your help! Mary Jon
  4. Hi Jeff! I'm a long time aficionado of your cruise reviews so I'm excited to see this review because I'm going on my first journey cruise in Jan 2021 on Pride for partial Panama Canal. I also remember another review where you said Pride is one of your favorite ships. I've only been on the Magic and Breeze so interested in comparing that to Pride since it's a smaller ship. Which leads me to a question.... Do you know if the retractable roof is still there or if it has been removed? I didn't realize that some Carnival ships have a pool with a retractable roof so dounds great for a January cruise. My cruise is a little different than this cruise because it leaves and departs from Baltimore and has some different ports. But, I know I'll still learn alot about what to expect thanks to your posts of the daily Fun Times. And I'll actually get to see some different menus that aren't available on a 7 day voyage! I can't wait to learn more about the panama canal piece because I know you'll be very detailed and Patti's pictures will be a fantastic preview of what we'll experience in person. THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing your experiences with me and everyone else on Cruise Critic. You are a fantastic cruise ambassador!! Take Care abnd hope to see you on a future cruise once this chaos is over. Mary Jon
  5. Thanks a million Sid to help me from going stir crazy!! I've read alot of your adventures but think I missed the original. Thanks for posting it. Also, could you post the link to your ATL blog? I know the letters are spelled out somehow but can't remember it and I can't find the link I use to have either. Sometimes I think I'd lose my head if it wasn't attached...
  6. I had a problem with a low balance gift card on a Carnival Magic cruise in December 2018. I couldn't apply it to my account on a kiosk so I went to Guest Services and absolutely received the worst customer service of my life. The lady was rude and told me amounts below $10 can't be aplied to S&S card. If I remember correctly, I only had $8 and $5 and change on 2 different cards. I mentioned that none of the Customer Service reps I talked to on the phone mentioned anything about left over small balances on a Carnival gift card and I used multiple cards to pay off everything including gratuities prior to the cruise. And, there wasn't any small writing on the card itself. I asked if they could do anything for me to compensate for the loss of my money she just said no and stared at me. I asked specifically for a drink coupon and she said no again with the stare. When I asked to speak to a Supervisor, she said nobody was available. When I asked that a Supervisor contact me she said the only thing she could do was to write up my complaint to send it to the corporate office for someone to contact me. She didn't say a word while she typed for about 10 minutes while supposedly typing up my issue with a smirk on her face the whole time which made me think I would never hear from anybody. My husband was so upset about my treatment that he went and took a picture of the lady. He returned to guest services later that night when she wasn't there and asked to speak to a Supervisor. The supervisor agreed the policy is to not apply any amount under $10 to accounts (it goes to charity) and the computer system won't allow them to do it. She apologized for the poor service and stated she would use this example as a coaching opportunity 1-on-1 with the specific representative and at a future staff meeting. She then offered 2 drink coupons and a bottle of wine that we used at the Italian restaurant and just paid the difference in price for the more expensive bottle. Needless to say, we were pleased with this great "service recovery" to make everything right. Shortly after returning home, we booked a family cruise on Carnival for 2019 and I told my familty to make sure they have at least $10 remaining on a gift card to apply to S&S accounts. So now more gift card issues for me! Hope you have a great cruise! Mary Jon
  7. You're welcome Deb! I'm sorry that I confused you. I'm interested in your dailies for your NCL Getaway September 20, 2020 11day Greek Isles & Italy cruise, not an April 2020 cruise. I know it's a long time in the future, but I'll remind you before you go. I really appreciate your help!!! Mary Jon
  8. Hello, Here is a link for a review in progress for the Getaway. It's only on day 2 right now but dailies are posted for both days. I've been lurking on the roll call for your cruise because I'm booked on the same cruise in May 2021 and want some ideas for excursions. You've done a great job finding excursions and sharing the ideas with the others. I'm hoping to do the same for my cruise. If possible, could you please post the dailies from your cruise upon your return? Or send them to me directly to dudemp52 at comcast dot net. I'd love to see them but understand if you forget about it by the time your cruise is over. Have a great time! Mary Jon
  9. Thank you KeithJenner, GGTexasGal and julig22 for your insight into tendering! Unfortunately we don't have any status on NCL so won't receive any tendering preference. Does anyone know where to go to pick up the tender tickets? We'll definitely need them for Santorini. We'll be on the Getaway if that makes a difference. I'm a planner, so not knowing anything for sure will be a challenge. I prefer taking smaller private excursions so I'm concerned about planning a pick up time at the port if I don't know when I'll be able to be get on shore. I assume the private excursion companies have experience with this issue and will be able to provide guidance about times. But I know I'll still be stressing out over it once on board. At least I'll be able to plan my dinner and entertainment plans in advance! Thanks again for your help!
  10. Thanks for the tip on determining if a port is tender or not! I'm going on a Mediterranean cruise of Greece and Italy on the Getaway next year. Several of the ports can be either tender or port. When and how do you find out that it will actually be a tender port instead of dociking? How do you get a tender ticket if you don't take a NCL exursion? Is it something that can be done on the website at some point before the cruise? Or do you need to wait until actually boarding the ship or a day before? As long as I'm asking questions, here are a couple more. When can I make reservations for a specialty restaurant? When can I make reservations for entertainment? Appreciate your help! CC is a great source of information!
  11. Thanks for confirming how Carnival Pride handles it! Positive thing with going through the same locks twice is that we will have the opportunity to move around the ship and look for different viewpoints. My husband will love the opportunity to take more pics. Looking forward to it!
  12. SCCruiser123 - Can you please share what happened on the transit day for your cruise since Carnival doesn't have excursions? I just booked a Carnival partial transit for Jan 2021 to celebrate our early retirement and wondering if I made a big mistake. If you had a port day in Limon, what did you do there? Appreciate any insight!
  13. Thanks so much for this helpful information! Know I understand the difference between Spice H20 and Vibe. Love that everyone on Cruise Critic is willing to share experiences and information!
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