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#41
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Like I promised, I sent Carnival a letter concerning this. I will post any replies, if I get any back from them.

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When I found out Carnival no longer allows topless sunbathing on the Funnel Deck, I started a "TAKE BACK THE FUNNEL DECK" campaign on a popular cruise discussion web site called Cruise Critic. I started a discussion / poll there < http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=983627 > titled "Should Carnival bring back the "ADULT/Tops optional" Funnel deck?". This was posted in the Carnival Cruise Line section. Therefore most people that would see it are past or future Carnival guest.

As of Sept. 12th, there has been over 140 post in the discussion part, and over 820 responses to the poll question. Out of the 820 who took part in the poll, 624 are in favor of some place on the ship to be set aside for topless sunbathing. I know this was not a scientific survey. But I believe it's a very good "feel" of what most cruisers would like to see on ALL Carnival Ships in the very NEAR future. One person posted this statement: "It's kind of strange that you can sunbathe topless in Miami (Carnival's largest departure port), and in virtually every port of call in the Bahamas and Caribbean....but they don't want it going on on the ship? How does this make any sense?" Please, stop trying to be like a Disney Cruise and get back to being the Fun Ship! Your ships are big enough to have a place set aside to accommodate everyones taste and choice in this matter. Thank You for your time and consideration.

ps My wife will be doing some discreet topless sunbathing on the Adult Serenity Deck on our up coming cruise. We will use the umbrellas for cover from the upper decks.
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#42
Tampa, FL
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Joined Jun 2008
We were just on the Carnival Legend and they have a small area set aside for topless. We were up there with a couple of crew members actually. Of course we were on the same ship during a swingers cruise and it was full nude everywhere outside....We prefer that. Can't wait for the next.
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#43
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Boatnsuncpl,
We will be on the Legend in January. Can you tell me where the topless deck is located?
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#44
South Florida
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Joined Oct 2009
We're just off the Norwegian Pearl and it does have a "Lifestyle Sun Deck". My wife used it topless (after checking with Guest Relations to make sure), but we didn't see any "bottomless". That's not to say it doesn't happen or isn't permitted, we just didn't see it and didn't want to "break the ice" just in case (she never asked about full nude, just topless).

Our one gripe, there should be a sign at the stairs leading up to it which at least says "Adults Only"...there isn't. While we were there, a young boy (10 or 11) wondered up there with his mother closely behind him. Once she saw the bare tops, she quickly ushered him out, obviously uneasy about the situation. This could have been avoided by a simple sign at the stairway.
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#45
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Just wanted to add...it was lightly used...maybe people didn't know about it...
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#46
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Originally posted by HawkOnTheSeas
We're just off the Norwegian Pearl...
Hi HawkOnTheSeas,

I just read your review. Great job! It's very helpful information as we prepare for our cruise on 10/31.

We have the same excursion booked at Samana, but are thinking about cancelling since we are spending more money for an excursion on Tortola than we budgeted. We're not really that excited about this stop and even considered staying on the ship. Is there anything to do locally, that doesn't cost a lot? Are there any local companies that you know of that take you to the same island for less? I was at La Romana in Jan., and if I returned there, I would just spend the day on the ship.

Again, great review! I didn't have anyway else to contact you other than posting on this thread. We may have to check out that topless deck!
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#47
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Hi mfinn,

We did the excursion to Cayo Levantado while in Samana. While the place is very pretty, the beach is great, and the people are friendly, we spent $50 each for what amounted to a 10 minute boat ride...way too much.

The ship tenders in Samana and uses it own tenders to transport passengers to shore, so it took FOREVER to get off the ship. Add the fact that after paying too much for the shore excursion the people who were going ashore "free" were given priority and it was not cool. I don't know if it always works out like this, but in our case it wasn't pretty.

If we had it to do again, we would hop a cab to a local beach and save $40 per person. We spoke to another couple who'd done that and they enjoyed themselves. It looked (from the ship) like if there are a number of nice beaches not too far from where the tender docks, so I can't imaging a cab ride would cost too much. As in most Caribbean ports, agree on the price before you get into the cab, and make arrangements with the driver to pick you up in plenty of time to get back for the last tender.

Enjoy!
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#48
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I was on the Celebrity Constellation in the Caribbean last year and I believe it was the very forward part of the Sports Deck (may have been the Sunrise Deck) that was designated topless. Quite a few people used it. There was a sign on the side of the stairs leading up to the deck that indicated it was topless.
#49
eastern ohio
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just back from pearl and freestyle deck still ther both mal and female and does need better sign but that may be why not used much till late in cruise when more find it.
#51
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Never been on NCL, but I'm not sure who would complain.
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#52
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With all the interest in this topic, I would entertain the possibilites of visiting the lifestyles on board.
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#53
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Joined Mar 2005
Have they done away with topless sunbathing on Celebrity? There used to be a sign and even a notation in the Daily Planner allowing it on the top deck. Also, any topless sunbathing on RCI?
#54
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On the trans atlantic the navigator had an upper deck for sunbathing topless if so desired but i do not think they normaly have a set area. Beautiful ship.
#55
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Originally posted by JWestShuh
I just got off the NCL Pearl. They have a "freestyle" deck. My husband and I went up there to get away from the crowd and so I could rest my sunburn for a bit and remove my straps. I only saw topless women and their fully clothed husbands up there - but maybe it was because the men weren't interested in being freestyle on that day. I recall reading that a men have sunbathed nude on previous cruises.
I was on Jade last year, and wondered about the "Freestyle Deck". Nothing out of the usual when I looked, but I did note the frosted glass. I'll be more adventurous on the next cruise, but will ask a crew member. I'd rather not be thrown in the brig!
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#56
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Steve........If I hadn't been laid off last year, we would been on that cruise too. We had a great time on the Homecoming Cruise last Feb. I hope you'll post a review of your cruise..........
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#57
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Originally posted by mjrink903
Can anyone tell me if the balconies on the NCL Star private enough for nude sunbathing or can I get in trouble?
The balconies are private enough to do this, but if neighbors want to try and look, they simply have to peek around the divider.

I have never had over-inquisitive neighbors, but would certainly certainly discourage them if I did.

Not much is said on the boards about this but I think that many people do this from time to time.
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#59
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Originally posted by guyver
The balconies are private enough to do this, but if neighbors want to try and look, they simply have to peek around the divider.

I have never had over-inquisitive neighbors, but would certainly certainly discourage them if I did.

Not much is said on the boards about this but I think that many people do this from time to time.
My girl friend always sun baths topless on the balcony. Neither her nor I care if anybody is 'over-inquisite'.

On NCL you have the Pearl, Jewel, Jade and Gem for sure with Freestyle Decks. And now the Epic. We'll be testing that one on June 24.
#60
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Do all NCL boats have a Freestyle deck? We are debating between NCL Sun and Carnival Dream. The Freestyle deck may just be the deciding factor.