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  1. I vote for the spaghetti carbonara.
  2. Oooo ….. so excited to be starting “our” cruise!
  3. Street Eats! The name escaped me for a minute! They’re supposed to be sort of like food trucks.
  4. I like the little stalls,,, Time Fries, Steam Dreams and Mad Sizzle, too. They aren’t open for long each day but worth stopping by while they are open
  5. I just stopped by for a Patti update and found a whole new section of review! So happy to hear that she’s doing well. She’ll be ready for that zip line in no time!
  6. You may be right. My three or four experiences with it have convinced me I don’t want to do it again! LO, I hadn’t thought of that. I guess it’s possible? That’s a great question, though!
  7. I thought the same! I’ve seen a few people win $100 or $200 but never anything like that! I hope Carmen took her good luck to the casino and made out like a bandit!
  8. Yes! Like I said, you are definitely my people!!! LOL
  9. LOL You are my people! I'm exactly the same! Honestly, I have to confess...the one time I won the $30 casino credit I went to the casino and played a slot machine. I lost the first $10 trying to figure out how to work the slot machine. I quickly lost the second $10. On the third $10 I was getting tired of the process and was about ready to quit when bells, whistles and lights started going off and the numbers started climbing. I told Ron, if it reaches $20 I'm cashing out. The numbers just kept climbing and finally landed at $302. I was astounded and not sure I was even reading that right. I went to the cashier and told her I thought I had accidentally won $300. She chuckled at first but then said that I had, indeed, won $300. She gave me the cash. I left as fast as I could before they changed their minds! That was on Magic a couple of years ago. It's never happened again....probably never will. 😁
  10. Yes! If you match one, you get nothing. Two gets you a free Bingo game. Three is $30 in the casino and on up. Seven is a free cruise and I’ve never seen that happen except on this cruise. The most I’ve ever won is the $30 in the casino. The prizes are redeemable on the last sea day. The contestants are randomly selected from the card sales. All cards have a number on the bottom. They will play two games and your card is good for both of them. I don’t know what I would ever so if I were selected to go up on stage! I’m not much of a gambler and I doubt I’d have the grit to see it through to the end. lol. It’s unlikely I’ll ever have to find out. 😜
  11. You definitely know your Fantasy class ships! I have to say, I'd be right there with your daughter. LOL I've only had the one aft balcony on Sunrise. We usually don't get a balcony because we're never in the room and just don't use it much. We DID book a balcony cabin for our trip to Alaska next year. It's just a side balcony, mainly because of the soot and privacy issue.
  12. I agree! Not my favorite either BUT it's almost a necessary evil I guess. LOL A couple of years ago we had a stop in San Juan changed out for a stop in Nassau. Not cool at all! Yes, yes and yes! LOL I'm sure if you wanted a total darkness in the room those would do the job! That's interesting! I've only been in the side balconies or interiors on Fantasy class. That sounds massive! We also kept our towel animals there! It's actually a convenient storage space. I kind of liked the porthole in spite of the noise. I may do it again at some point. The only time I ever had an aft balcony was on Sunrise, I think. To be honest, I wasn't a fan. Every morning there were be soot all over everything and in the afternoon the sun beat down on the space and made it uncomfortable. That, coupled with the fact that people above you could look down onto your balcony made it a "no thanks" for me going forward.
  13. Thanks so much for reading! Your reviews are what caused me to start writing and I have enjoyed it so much, so I owe you a debt of gratitude. In the porthole picture, those are window covers to seal the window , if necessary. I can’t imagine a scenario where you’d need to seal those windows. I don’t WANT to imagine a scenario where you’d need to seal those windows! We just left them open the whole time. If you haven’t been to Nassau in a while you should definitely check it out. When you disembark and walk down the pier you walk into this new port area before you get into the town proper. All of those vendor stalls are in this new area arranged into little “streets”. There’s a fence separating the port area from that Main Street where you’d normally turn. The first thing you will see upon entering the port area is that screen with the shark. It has other pictures, too, I just liked the shark. Pictures absolutely don’t do it justice. There are videos of that screen online. It’s phenomenal! I don’t mind Nassau since I always find something to do there but I do think this new area is a huge improvement. Thanks for the ID on the chub! I’m learning! lol
  14. HMC is the perfect beach day for sure! Your mom is brave! I don’t get stressed very easily but the straw market in Nassau will do it every time! I can’t deal with everyone talking to me and trying to get me to buy things. If I stop to look at something they stop me and start talking trying to get me to buy whatever it is. I always feel bad or like I’m being rude but they won’t let me move on! I think they sense my weakness. LOL. I avoid the straw market at all costs! We’ll be getting on Mardi Gras about the time you’re getting off Elation. We board on Sept 14
  15. Awww…..thank you so much! What a great trip you have planned! It sounds amazing! Have you been to Half Moon Cay before? If so, you already know that you will love it. If not, it’s absolutely gorgeous and you will love it! lol. Let me know how your trip goes!
  16. Thanks so much for reading along with me! I appreciate it and I appreciate your kind words!
  17. Thanks so much for reading along and for your kind words. I did enjoy Elation! I’ve already been on several of the newer ships including Mardi Gras and Celebration. My cruise on the Mardi Gras in September will be our 15th and our first “repeat” on a ship. Hopefully you can join me for that story, too! Thank you so much! I’ll be on the lookout for yours as well! Thank you so much for your kind words! I really enjoy writing here on Cruise Critic because it just extends the experience for me and I’m so glad I’m not boring everyone here to tears! lol. Thanks again! I wonder what they will do about getting under those bridges when the small ships are gone??? Thank you so much for reading and hanging out with me! Let’s do it again! lol That’s fair, I guess! Did you read the barracuda story a page or so back? 🫢
  18. Thank you so much for reading along again! I always enjoy seeing a familiar, friendly name!
  19. Thank you so much! I’ll definitely look forward to it! Now that’s a funny mental picture! I don’t mind the walking at all, up or down, I was just surprised by how long it actually was. But if I run into one that long again and need to get down quickly, I’ll know one option! lol
  20. Thank you so much for your kind words and for reading along! I very much appreciate you!
  21. Thanks so much for your kind words and for reading along! You know, I never thought about that being one reason it seemed faster but I’m sure you’re right. Had to be the longest walk down to the terminal yet. Lol
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