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On 11/11/2018 at 2:33 PM, crooooze said:

I take my Guys burger to the buffet salad bar to get other fresher toppings, such crispy unshredded lettuce.  Also get a nice heap of that chunky potato salad on the side.

 

I also make my own chilled coffee drink, by scooping a tablespoon of powdered cocoa from the top of the hot chocolate dispenser, stirring it into hot coffee, then pouring over a yellow or green plastic cup of ice... Make sure the Lido staff don’t see you doing this 🙂

 

On 12/2/2018 at 10:09 AM, scomar said:

My wife hates shaving her legs in those small cabin showers.  She usually goes to the spa shower, she says it is so much easier with all the room in the spa shower.

Gross and Gross!! Self serving food that is not meant to have your nasty hands in it and shaving your legs in a public shower...What is wrong with people! I once saw (on Carnival) someone drop a serving spoon on the ground in the lido, pick it up and stick it back in the serving dish...I obviously immediately flagged down staff who took the whole tray and discarded it. 

 

Can we not all just be civilized adults...🤮

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On 11/11/2018 at 3:33 PM, crooooze said:

I take my Guys burger to the buffet salad bar to get other fresher toppings, such crispy unshredded lettuce.  Also get a nice heap of that chunky potato salad on the side.

 

I also make my own chilled coffee drink, by scooping a tablespoon of powdered cocoa from the top of the hot chocolate dispenser, stirring it into hot coffee, then pouring over a yellow or green plastic cup of ice... Make sure the Lido staff don’t see you doing this 🙂

That's it for me, no more drinking hot chocolate.

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18 hours ago, Allura_317 said:

Here are a few from the top of my head:

1. Get a side a peanut butter with melting cake (if you don't have a nut allergy...)

2. Go to Cucina del Capitano for lunch on embarkation on ships with it as it offers a free pasta bar where chefs prepare custom pasta dishes (not many know about it so it is a lot less crowded)

3. On Dream class ships, decks 6-11, save 8, have sundecks all the way forward above/below the bridge.  Pretend you are going to a forward stateroom on these decks and open the unlabeled door at the end of the hall.  (The perfect spot for sail aways)

4. If you want a sampling of entrees from the MDR, they can make pasta dishes in half portions so you don't waste as much food.

5. Blue Iguana has breakfast burritos in the morning (never had so cannot say if they are good or bad)

6. Mix the soft serve, milk, and crushed cookie to make your own milkshake (believe this was already mentioned

7. Remember the staterooms are magnetic

8. Bring storage organizers

9. Use an old card on the light thing in your room so that you don't need to worry about taking anything in and out of it or forgetting you sail and sign card

10.You can get other ice cream flavors and multiple scoops with the melting cake

11. On vista class, Mongnolian Wok is located in Jiji's with is also a good embarkation day lunch option.

12. Make your own fondue by getting the fruit plate with the melting cake.

13. This is obvious but...do all you can to enjoy your cruise!

 

blue iquana makes the best breakfast burritos.  brought very strong magnet hooks for walls, plastic bags and nylon bags are your friend. 

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1 hour ago, NovCruisin said:

Gross and Gross!! Self serving food that is not meant to have your nasty hands in it and shaving your legs in a public shower...What is wrong with people! .....

 

Can we not all just be civilized adults...🤮

While I agree about the food, I disagree about the shower. There's nothing wrong with shaving your legs in a public shower, as long as you clean up after yourself. No one wants to see hairs all over the shower.

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On days when we are headed ashore, I grab a couple of the small cereal boxes from the breakfast buffet to take along for snacks. They are sealed and so are allowed on shore. My kids always seem to get hungry before it's time for whatever local food we have planned for the day, so I can give them that to much on. (We also enjoy buying the popular local pre-packaged snacks in the ports and bringing them back with us. They can make for a fun tasting party before dinner, or a fun way to remember our trip once we are back home.)

 

Other tip for going ashore: bring a Camelbak or other type of water bladder or bottle, preferably insulated. My husband brings his and fills it up with ice and water on Lido before we head out for the day. Excursions generally give you a bottle of water, but it is nice to have ready whenever you need it, especially if you are venturing out on your own.

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Taking device screenshots of ship photos from the Carnival Hub app. Although they have a Carnival watermark on them, they are still a nice keepsake.

 

Remember to do this on board as once you disembark, they disappear.

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On 12/1/2018 at 4:49 PM, GMRPHRN said:

I don't know if anyone else has posted these two.  I found them on the boards years ago before my first cruise:

 

1) If you have an inside cabin, leave the t.v. on at night tuned to the outside camera.   The room will gradually lighten in the morning and give the simulation of the sun rising.

 

2) Every night before bed, I take a picture of the next day's Fun Times. This works as a good division of the pictures from each day.

That's an excellent idea. Sometimes after the cruise, I have trouble with remembering where we did what.

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On 1/10/2019 at 4:43 PM, NovCruisin said:

 

Gross and Gross!! Self serving food that is not meant to have your nasty hands in it and shaving your legs in a public shower...What is wrong with people! I once saw (on Carnival) someone drop a serving spoon on the ground in the lido, pick it up and stick it back in the serving dish...I obviously immediately flagged down staff who took the whole tray and discarded it. 

 

Can we not all just be civilized adults...🤮

 

22 hours ago, Nightrythm said:

While I agree about the food, I disagree about the shower. There's nothing wrong with shaving your legs in a public shower, as long as you clean up after yourself. No one wants to see hairs all over the shower.

 

Also, the spa showers are not much more public than your cabin shower.  The ones on the Pride were individual showers with full doors, not a big locker room situation (which even then would likely have partitions like restrooms).

 

When I went to college the dorms had a shared restroom on each floor, and I'm sure I shaved my legs while on campus and not only while home on breaks.  I didn't realize I was supposed to go weeks or months without shaving🤔

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Some of the things not really hacks, just things that I bring, but might be a hack for you. 

*Wrinkle release Spray

*Water Bottle (for when I'm on shore) 20&32Oz Cup (Yeti Style) for on the boat. 

*Case of energy Drinks

*Coozies 

*Multi USB plug

*Tape

*Chair Clips (hold towels onto chairs) 

*Meds (ibuprofen,advil,zantac, bandaids etc) 

*Door Decoration (So you never get confused what door is yours if youre a little inebriated lol or if you have kids)

*Ping Pong balls and Solo Cups (if youre the partier type) We play with water in it and just drink our own beer we got from the bar) We once played inside on the tables across from the karaoke bar. we had a bigger crowd watching us, and wanting to play. we had a total of 20 teams and several tables worth of people playing in a tournament. we even ended up on Carnival news (daily ran on the ship) it was a great time. 

*We always have a few cases of water bought through carnival delivered to our rooms. nice to have those bottles of water when you get back to your room or whenever to stay hydrated. 

*Get 2 cocktails from the Atrium bar while youre waiting to be seated for dinner if its backed up. 

*Clorox Wipes to wipe down the room even more when you get there

 

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On 1/10/2019 at 3:43 PM, NovCruisin said:

 

Gross and Gross!! Self serving food that is not meant to have your nasty hands in it and shaving your legs in a public shower...What is wrong with people! I once saw (on Carnival) someone drop a serving spoon on the ground in the lido, pick it up and stick it back in the serving dish...I obviously immediately flagged down staff who took the whole tray and discarded it. 

 

Can we not all just be civilized adults...🤮

I can't imagine what goes through your mind when you have to sit on a public toilet compared to using a shower someone has shaved their legs in.

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1 hour ago, scomar said:

I can't imagine what goes through your mind when you have to sit on a public toilet compared to using a shower someone has shaved their legs in.

Ewwwww. Who sits?! It’s called hovering!!!!

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1 hour ago, scomar said:

I can't imagine what goes through your mind when you have to sit on a public toilet compared to using a shower someone has shaved their legs in.

Why does it not surprise me that you are the type of person who actually SITS on a public toilet 😒 they have sanitary seat covers in most public restrooms for a reason, if they don't, as someone else mentioned, you hover.

 

Some people are just so nasty...no wonder there was a recent outbreak where several hundred people got Norovirus on RCL Oasis of the Seas.

Edited by NovCruisin

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5 minutes ago, NovCruisin said:

Why does it not surprise me that you are the type of person who actually SITS on a public toilet 😒 they have sanitary seat covers in most public restrooms for a reason, if they don't, as someone else mentioned, you hover.

 

Some people are just so nasty...no wonder there was a recent outbreak of almost 500 people who got Norovirus on RCL Oasis of the Seas.

Technically the sinks in a public restroom have up to 20 times the bacteria that a toilet seat has.  If I were you I would steer clear of all public places, because I hate to tell you this, but germs are EVERYWHERE!!

Sitting on a toilet seat does not spread Norovirus.  You also probably think going out in the cold without a coat makes you sick.

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55 minutes ago, scomar said:

Technically the sinks in a public restroom have up to 20 times the bacteria that a toilet seat has.  If I were you I would steer clear of all public places, because I hate to tell you this, but germs are EVERYWHERE!!

Sitting on a toilet seat does not spread Norovirus.  You also probably think going out in the cold without a coat makes you sick.

Hence why I use a paper towel to turn sinks off and open doors. 😂 

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3 hours ago, scomar said:

Technically the sinks in a public restroom have up to 20 times the bacteria that a toilet seat has.  If I were you I would steer clear of all public places, because I hate to tell you this, but germs are EVERYWHERE!!

Sitting on a toilet seat does not spread Norovirus.  You also probably think going out in the cold without a coat makes you sick.

Who said anything about sitting on toilets spreading Norovirus? 😕 You're conflating two separate statements.

 

Just because germs are everything (thank you Captain Obvious) doesn't mean you can't attempt to minimize your exposure; e.g. washing your hands, using paper seat covers on public toilets, using paper towels on sink knobs and to open doors.

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5 hours ago, amyj23 said:

Ewwwww. Who sits?! It’s called hovering!!!!

EWWWWW.   I hate hoverers who pee all over the seat and the floor.  Good for you.  Bad for the next people trying not to step in your mess.   I KNOW .. it isn't you that does that.  YOU have perfect aim.   But it is hoverers.

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One of the best hacks I have found is to take one of $5 emergency lights you get a Big Lots or any discount store. I found the one with a light switch works best. Then glue a magnet to the back and stick it inside the bathroom just inside the door.  This way you do not have to turn on the bathroom light and wake others up in your cabin.  Plenty bright to see what you are doing.

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9 minutes ago, FL-Cruzer said:

One of the best hacks I have found is to take one of $5 emergency lights you get a Big Lots or any discount store. I found the one with a light switch works best. Then glue a magnet to the back and stick it inside the bathroom just inside the door.  This way you do not have to turn on the bathroom light and wake others up in your cabin.  Plenty bright to see what you are doing.

Bless your heart for getting back on topic! 

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My pleasure what some people do should not be written about.  We are looking for ways to make a good cruise even better.  Have a great weekend.

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It’s not a hack but my DW and myself love ice. So we always bring a soft sided cooler and ask our room steward to keep it full. 

  We do give a little extra cash tip and they have always taken care of it for us

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On 11/11/2018 at 2:33 PM, crooooze said:

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Edited by moongal
same answer was already posted by someone else

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On ‎11‎/‎8‎/‎2018 at 5:44 PM, wo5m said:

If you have a cabin with a Balcony and need to quickly cool the room or quickly purge the... um... fumes from a recent bathroom visit, prop the balcony door fully open and then open your cabin door for a few seconds. The positive pressure from the inside part of the ship will blow your cabin air(and lose papers if your not careful) out the balcony.  

I'm taking Poo Pouri

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19 hours ago, NovCruisin said:

Who said anything about sitting on toilets spreading Norovirus? 😕 You're conflating two separate statements.

 

Just because germs are everything (thank you Captain Obvious) doesn't mean you can't attempt to minimize your exposure; e.g. washing your hands, using paper seat covers on public toilets, using paper towels on sink knobs and to open doors.

The germiest places are those that people touch frequently with their hands

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Not sure if this one was stated yet, download offline maps for the ports through google maps I'm going to be in. Just like to have the option of having the map of the area and not use my cell data. Its free and you can delete it after you get back

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On 11/8/2018 at 1:10 PM, bahacca said:

Over the door shoe organizer. I bought one that lives in my suitcase so I never forget it.

 

I had a large one but found a smaller one much better.

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6 minutes ago, crusinpsychRN said:

 

I had a large one but found a smaller one much better.

 

I've heard of people using a shoe organizer... but what do you put in there?

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3 minutes ago, LadyMac72 said:

 

I've heard of people using a shoe organizer... but what do you put in there?

I have one with clear pockets so I can put all kinds of things in it and see them to find them . Toiletries, shoes, jewelry, sign and sail cards when not in use, deck of cards, hats, sticky notes/pens, sunscreen... things that would otherwise be cluttering the room.

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On 11/8/2018 at 9:39 AM, MommytoAsquared said:

Get up early and put a towel or magazine on a deck chair to save it all day.  Then go back to bed.

 

😈

 

Just kidding!

That’s how I get my free magazines!    Jk

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On 11/12/2018 at 1:16 PM, Nadersmom said:

That's so clever!     Great tip! 

DH is a mechanic and thought I was crazy when I told him I'd like a 4 1/2" dent puller for the cruise shower. Very clever! 

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On 1/9/2019 at 9:35 PM, Allura_317 said:

Here are a few from the top of my head:

1. Get a side a peanut butter with melting cake (if you don't have a nut allergy...)

2

 

Tried this once. Can't remember which ship (Conquest, maybe). They had no idea what I was talking about. Of course, this was the same ship where they told me I couldn't get Sangria onboard.

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On 1/13/2019 at 9:49 AM, SlobMike said:

Not sure if this one was stated yet, download offline maps for the ports through google maps I'm going to be in. Just like to have the option of having the map of the area and not use my cell data. Its free and you can delete it after you get back

Thanks for the reminder. On my upcoming trip, I am doing San Juan on my own and will definitely need a map.

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I carefully cut between the double stitching and recut into smaller 2x3 pockets or 2x3 pockets groups. Then I sew ribbon loops on top . You can hang by suctions cup hooks all over the cabin. I have one on the bath, desk and full mirror. Perfect for all those easy to loose items. And they lay flat in the suitcase 

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Leaving my cell phone in the room safe. It is so nice for me to not be attached. We will bring an alarm clock or my wife will user her cell phone as an alarm.  I find it so relaxing not having to do anything! That is my hack.

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On 1/12/2019 at 1:13 PM, amyj23 said:

Hence why I use a paper towel to turn sinks off and open doors. 😂 

.

I regularly wash the very tap I just turned on with my grungey hand

with soapy lather on my hands -then rinse it off, as well as my hands..

so when I turn the tap off

I know it's a clean, germ-free tap! -I just washed it.

 

Now...the door handle as you exit the rest room...that's another matter!! lol

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3 hours ago, GMRPHRN said:

Tried this once. Can't remember which ship (Conquest, maybe). They had no idea what I was talking about. Of course, this was the same ship where they told me I couldn't get Sangria onboard.

That happened to me on the last cruise, too! Once they learned what peanut butter was they brought it every time. ☺️

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On 1/12/2019 at 10:27 AM, amyj23 said:

Ewwwww. Who sits?! It’s called hovering!!!!

I don’t have the leg strength for that!

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