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Another ridiculously LONG review from bardgal - Diamond Mex - 10/9/04

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Let me just say it is painful being off this ship. What a GEM! This was also a "Gal's Cruise" which I haven't been on in several years, and proved to be a much different experience than traveling with my Perfect Man™..... (even though I missed him like crazy, it was all good).

 

Day 1 - Arrived San Pedro World Cruise Center around 10:45.

Were given forms to sign stating we were healthy and hadn't hurled in the last 72 hours. Then were given numbered boarding cards as we entered the terminal. Didn't pay too much attention to this as we had Platinum/Suite boarding. I think our numbers were somewhere in the 200s. No line whatsoever to get our keycards. Total breeze, then went to wait in the Platinum Lounge. Apparently the last group of passengers loved the Diamond so much they had to be thrown off the ship kicking and screaming, so we didn't begin boarding until after noon. I had an instinctive feeling we’d do the same come next Saturday. Got adopted early by a lovely couple from England via Santa Monica, Raymond and Phyllis, who are in their 70s and are into transcendental meditation, and Thai Chi and I am now a convert – these two people were in the most amazing shape, with the best outlook on life, and I want to grow up and be just like them! They travel all over the world, and had lovely stories about their trip to Russia!

 

When they finally began boarding, we were about the tenth people to board the ship, and ran past the photographers since (A) We hate that photo stuff, and (B) I was carrying two six-pack carry-cases of champagne and my arms were falling off. We were in our cabin C400 (PH Suite) five minutes after they began boarding, at 12:20pm, and three of our five bags were already there, waiting for us. I immediately called the DINE line, and made reservations for Sabatini's at 7pm for the first night, and Pacific Moon at 8pm for the second, table for two. I was told the policy was to only allow two nights reservations at a time by Duncan who answered the phone, which was a disappointment, but nothing I thought couldn’t be accomplished if we found the right restaurant person to speak to eventually. We threw a few champagne bottles into the fridge, which wasn't cold at all - but there is a small thermostat at the back inside on the left, which can be adjusted, so it was cold within a few hours. Called room service to get a champagne bucket w/ice and some champagne glasses. Went for a little walk to Sabatini's to talk to the guys at the dining info desk, and had our first of many FEMME POWER experiences of the cruise. We found Antoine, who smiled and immediately jumped to assist when I explained I wanted to make reservations for the entire week, and had been thwarted by Duncan (who was obviously just doing his job). He dialed the DINE line, got someone else on the phone, and explained, "I have two breathtakingly beautiful women here from cabin C400 who need to make dining reservations for the entire week. Please take good care of them for me." and smiling his charming Italian smile, handed me the phone. Done, and done. I thanked him profusely, then we wandered down to the International Dining Room, but found it wasn't open for lunch. So we wandered a bit more to see the pools, and before we knew it, found ourselves in the Horizon Court, which we rarely go to simply because it is usually very crowded, especially on the first day. But because we had boarded so early, it was still practically deserted. They have a nice hand sanitizer setup at the entrance, and someone stationed there to indoctrinate everyone from day 1 - which seemed to work well. The stations are random/free roaming as usual, with no lines, which also works well. The people who are "line-trained" seem to adjust to the more sensible roaming-way rather quickly when they see how well it works. Since it was so early, there was plenty of seating outside by the pool, so we grabbed a seat to enjoy our lunch. We were blessed with fast cocktail service, and also got accosted several times for the wine tasting. We learned the key is to smile and say that you're already signed up, and they leave you alone quickly. After lunch we walked only a little more since my friend had the New Shoes Blues and was rather injured from them. Checked out the casino, then went back to the cabin. One more bag had arrived, and we spent the rest of the afternoon on our giant balcony, including sailaway, with our evening canapés and champagne. aaaaahhhhhh. It was a lovely sunny day in Los Angeles, but hazy, so no Catalina viewing (which would have been difficult from the port side of the ship anyway ;) ).

 

We were getting a little nervous since the final bag which contained most of my friend's clothing hadn't arrived by sailaway, but by the time we cleared the channel, it was outside our door. Made friends with our darling neighbors on the next balcony, Stan and Joan who were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Unpacked, then got dressed, and made our way to Sabatini's. I have to say, that the first night of the cruise has always proved to be the ideal night for this alternate restaurant, since almost no one is there, and you have the staff all to yourself. This night was no exception. Manuel, and Luis were our adorable wait staff, and Antoine, who had assisted us earlier, was the Maitre'd. Suffice it to say they could not do enough for us. By the time my grilled lobster, and small piece of sea bass (because I wanted to try it) arrived, I was close to exploding. Everything is just soooooo goood, and there is soooo MUCH OF IT. They have recently changed one of my favorite dishes: they are no longer serving the cheese-stuffed gnocchi, but have changed it to a regular gnocchi in a cream sauce laced with a porcini sauce which is good, but the former was better. They do have a new desert that I had never tried, called panicotta, which is like a DIVINE FLAN from Heaven!!!! Much lighter than regular flan. Crack on a plate - I couldn't stop eating it! After dinner we hit the casino, and my friend turned every machine she sat at into an ATM machine THE ENTIRE CRUISE. Me? Not so much. We also found the wonderful cocktail waiter Andre from South Africa, who took very good care of us every day in the casino, and told us we had become known as “Charlie’s Angles minus Lucy Liu!” It was too funny. After that, bed.

 

I have to say the design of this ship is a vast improvement over the Grand, Golden, and Star. Skywalker’s is in a much better location, leaving the aft pool with nice sun exposure. Because of the four PC dining rooms, they have moved The Wheelhouse to where what was originally the Southwestern themed (now Sterling on the Star) restaurants, and old internet cafe are, so it is much bigger, like on the Sun class ships. The Internet Cafe is where the old Wheelhouse bar was - also a vast improvement. It even has it's own snack and cappuccino bar, a billion terminals so it's never an issue to get on, and they play Sinatra, Darin, Dean, and Connick non-stop! Heaven.

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Pt 2 -

 

Day 2 - Gorgeous sea day. Breakfast in-cabin (always arrived 5-10 min early). Even though in the suite we had an expanded breakfast menu card, we still wrote in papaya, blueberries, and poached eggs almost every day and got them. They are also doing some new things in the suites: for breakfast, every night with the breakfast card, they leave a menu card that has two breakfast entrees, which changed daily. Some selections included banana nut pancakes, huevos rancheros, steak n eggs, eggs benedict.... we never had the appetite to order any of these on our breakfast card, since we were so well fed at dinner. They also leave a canapé ordering card, so you can pick what you want, and when you want it delivered.

 

Since Sunday was the first formal night, we ordered regular canapés along with the chocolate tuxedo strawberries, and got both. oink. We spent most of the day on the balcony, and in the casino – my friend spent three hours on a video poker machine inserting just one $20. Had no trouble changing all the canned beverages in the fridge for Diet Coke. Room service was so fast, that they were knocking on the door as I was hanging up the phone.

 

Our wonderful steward would leave the next day's dining room menus every night in our cabin, which was wonderful. We ordered lunch off the dining room menu, and ate on our balcony, then napped. Since I am the Bath Diva™, and brought along lots of bubble bath for the Jacuzzi tub, I ended up spending many hours in that giant thing! Who needs bingo, when I can have a two hour bubble bath?! Lots of tuxedos for formal night. We skipped the Captains Cocktail party, since they are normally so crowded, and we had a lot of our own champagne to drink. Dinner was in Pacific Moon, and when we arrived, the Maitre'ds Zoltan, and Lazlow sat us at table 440 which is in an alcove with three two tops. We asked for table 436, but they said it was already reserved. Had a lovely dinner, with the waiter Dragos, and his assistant Alex - both from Romania. We fell in love with them, and decided to change our reservations to their station in Pacific Moon every night, only to the much better two top 436 which is along a rail instead of next to a wall, and right by their bus station, so we had no other tables too near us, lots of room, no foot traffic walking by our table (on our side of the rail), and because of the location, we had the most attention from our boys who spoiled us rotten the entire week. The first night there I had my friend, who is as big a pasta freak as I am, order the fettuccini Alfredo, which is another crack-on-a-plate dish – and sure enough, she was hooked! We had this almost every night. After dinner we went to the casino, where my friend continued her winning streak. Finally bed- but no extended formal night turndown service. (I’d like to know what that is, since we didn’t get it either formal night.)

 

Day 3 - more sun, hotter, and more casino. Lunch - room service from the dining room served on our balcony. Dinner was another amazing experience. Each night we had the choice of not only the International Dining Room menu, but also all four of the alternative menus if we wanted. Honestly, we ate mostly off the main dining room menu. We tried everything on the Vivaldi menu, which was awesome – very good osso bucco, and ravioli. Everything on the Pacific Moon menu except the duck. The only thing on Santa Fe was the rice pudding, and on Sterling, the onion rings. One note about the sushi – it’s all cooked – no raw fish, which was a disappointment – but I suppose I can see the logic when there are so many passengers who have never tried sushi, and the risks would be too great to chance it. We did see Stan and Joan, who had also decided to stay in the Pacific Moon every night because they loved their wait staff – so we got to see a lot of them. Tried to make Piano Man since everyone had said it was so amazing. We arrived late because we were the professional close-the-dining room girls. We walked in during the Paul Anka numbers, and we just weren't that impressed, (being in the entertainment industry, cruise ship shows just aren't our thing), so we headed back to the casino. Yes, she couldn’t lose. It was amazing. I had also set up a standing Internet date with my Perfect Man™ at ten Pacific Time every night. (Warning: the IC is freezing!) Then back to the cabin for Bardgal’s In-Cabin DVD Theatre™. I had brought a laptop, and there are video & audio-in jacks on the front of the TV – we watched some Ali G since my friend had never seen him – she howled. It was lots of fun. Boyakasha!

 

Day 4 - Puerto Vallarta. HOT HOT HOT. Gorgeous, spectacular clear day! Stopped for cervesa upstairs at Carlos n Charlies, shopped, then wandered farther down the beach and had a lovely lunch upstairs at Tequilas then back to the ship for some shopping on the quay. Before dinner we hit the Wake View bar for cocktails. It's a shame it doesn't have huge picture windows for an actual view of the wake, and too bad all we could hear was the karaoke coming from Club Fusion above. Very cool little bar though. Lovely dinner again, closing Pacific Moon. My friend went up to check out the Fiesta Night party on deck, while I had my web-date, then off to the Casino (I was watching her win at this point), then bed.

 

Day 5 - Mazatlan - another perfect HOT day. The clearest I’ve ever seen it in Mazatlan. The only down side was there was an announcement in the patter that some Mazatlan shrimp restaurants had made some people very sick. This is a shame since this is THE PLACE to get shrimp. Because of this, we decided to hang on the ship since we've both been on this itinerary several times, and the only thing we wanted to do was go eat shrimp. We found out later that the problem was with one shrimp farm that has since been closed, so there is no problem now. We later learned it was also only with lesser restaurants who could only afford to buy shrimp from this particular farm and not the better restaurants that buy shrimp from the deep-sea fisherman - (think "free-range" shrimp if you will) - which is costlier. Too bad we didn't know this before. To fill the day, we decided to go hang at some pool bars. Started at the Outrigger bar, which overlooks the aft pool, with Jose (pronounced Joe-zay) the bartender. Met some people who were planning on doing a tour of the Pacifico Brewery, then were going to hit Señor Frogs – we tried to warn them that might not be such a good idea. Not sure if they listened, but never saw them again. Then we moved to Tradewinds bar with the wonderful David from Canada as our bartender, and spent a good hour or so with him drinking Yellow Birds and Bellinis. Mmmmm! Also met a great couple from the Temecula group, Kelli and Doug! They were so fun to hang with!

 

Stopped by Horizon Court for lunch and grabbed a plate of quesadillas and salsa to take down to our cabin. Then napped. That afternoon, my friend, who has thick, wavy hair that will make most stylists break down in hysterics, went for a wash and blow dry – that took an hour – with the incredibly talented Frenchman, Eric from Marrakesh, who not only did an amazing job straightening her horse-tail-thick hair, but had a wonderfully deep conversation with her, and did not try to sell her A SINGLE ITEM!

 

After watching half of the final debate while we were getting ready for dinner, we then went up to Churchill’s for the second half and cocktails. There were a few sports-heads who wanted the audio for the football, but the people who wanted to watch the debate won out. Met the wonderful Luis the bartender, who took great care of us. After watching the debate we found ourselves in a great mood, and headed off to Pacific Moon.

 

Dinner was amazing, and we constantly got wonderful attention from not only our waiters but both Zoltan and Lazlow the Maitre’ds, who always made sure our wine glasses were filled, our food was perfect. There were times when we weren’t sure what we wanted, and they’d bring us some surprise they’d have made up in the kitchen. “You just try this…..” It was wonderful.

 

The one major thing I can see where Anytime Dining/PC works well is that it is more like a normal restaurant, in that the tables get filled up at a more normal pace and the wait staff has a better chance to give their tables superior and more personal service. Unlike the main dining room when they get slammed with hundreds of people all at once, and the kitchen has to get out hundreds of salads, etc all at the same time. Our guys still worked hard, but they didn’t seem as stressed, and were much more able to pass on that comfortable atmosphere to us. Of course, we were easy to please, and were never in a hurry to get to a show or anything, so it didn’t mater that we closed the place. We both prefer that to “turn and burn” dining. For us, dining is an event. Dining is our entertainment for the evening. Spending time with a great wait staff from all over the world, and hearing amazing stories is such a great experience!

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pt 3 -

 

Day 6: Cabo - Woke up early feeling the anchor drop and the tenders being lowered. Watched the sun rise over Land’s End, and all the fishing boats going out. Also watched the Norwegian Star pull into the bay. It was the only morning of the cruise that we didn’t have breakfast in our cabin. Since we were in a suite, we had priority tender tickets, so we headed down about 8am for shore. As we got off the tender, I witnessed one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen: A man with a small child – think small toddler – who had the stroller with him – on the tender – got off the tender, and started asking security if he could LEAVE THE STROLLER WITH THEM UNTIL THEY CAME BACK TO GO BACK TO THE SHIP. ???????? Now….. why would you bring a stroller – that had to be folded up on the tender, only to leave it (not that these guys don’t already have enough to do on top of being a coat/stroller-check desk), when you could have just left it in the cabin in the first place????????

 

Moving on. Walked into town, and along the way, a very old fisherman stopped, smiled, and blew us a kiss, and said, “So Beautiful!” It made our day! We went along the Marina to Margaritavilla and had an amazing breakfast! I had fried eggs over a ham & cheese quesadilla covered with mole sauce! YUM! Then shopped, and stopped at Slim’s Elbow Room – the world’s smallest bar – since my friend had never been. Met Ivan who was also on the Diamond with his lovely wife Carrie and was celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary. We met the greatest people on this trip! Happy, full of joy, and never cranky.

 

We wandered back to the quay about noon, to beat the rush and back on the ship we found David at the Tradewinds bar, and had some cocktails. Spent time back in the cabin at sailaway on our balcony, talking to Stan next door, then tried to nap. We decided to skip the Captain’s Circle party, since I certainly don’t have enough cruising days to win anything, and didn’t really want to fight the crowd. So instead we went back to Churchill’s and visited with our wonderful Luis. We wanted to make a point that night of going up to Skywalker’s since we hadn’t seen it so far…. (we never made it the entire cruise.) We knew it was lobster night, so we skipped lunch. I managed two and a half orders (five tails). This was not a good move on my part, as although they were really good, I was in pain. After dinner my web date, then back to the casino to check on my friend at her ATM machines, then bed. On the way went by the champagne waterfall. Now I know I haven’t done this for years ever since I started caring about drinking bad champagne, but for the first time I saw it was a huge party – with group dancing, and more like a Carnival event, than a Princess one. From what I’ve seen before it used to be a quiet, elegant photo op, and now it’s New Year’s Eve. Now there’s nothing wrong with this at all! People were having a blast. It might not be my thing, and that’s fine. But when did it change? Has it been that long since I’ve wandered by this event? Can anyone tell me? Just wondering.

 

Day 7 – sea day. Friday was cold and cloudy, so everyone was out and about buying last minute things, and eating inside. For the first time the ship seemed crowded. That morning we watched Shrek 2 in the cabin and after, a little bit of the “Cruise Video” they have that you can buy, that they were showing in the cabin. I have to say I was a bit shocked by the amount of pool games they showed on the video. I must admit, the last two cruises, this one, and last year on the STAR, I didn’t spend any time out by the pool, because I had the awesome balcony and there was really no need. However, in April of ’03 when I took a ten-day on the SUN to Mexico, I don’t recall a huge amount of Carnival-esque pool games like the ones I witnessed on the Diamond video. Jumping into the pool, and stuffing your bathing suit with as much fruit as possible, then getting out on deck and taking it all out – then the beer-chugging/bathing then bellyflop contest… then the big guy lap dance on the women contest…. Again – when did they start doing this? Granted, there are other pools you can go to and avoid this, the aft adults only pool, the spa pool, and the atrium pool. So no big. It just surprised me.

 

Later that morning, my friend sat herself down at a Ms Little Green Men machine, and stayed for hours. Finally at almost 1pm, I headed down to the cabin to order room service. She followed me about fifteen minutes later, cashed out at around $150. When I got to the cabin, it took about ten minutes for room service to answer – I knew it would be busy because of the weather. After I ordered I packed. Boo hoo. About 2pm, we called up to get an update on our order, and the room service guy discovered it had been lost. He was so sweet, and mortified, because now the dining room was closed. He offered to go get us anything we wanted from Horizon Court. Well, we had no idea what was there, so he said, “I’ll find out, and call you right back.” So three minutes later, he calls back, and it’s almost the same stuff that was on the dining room menu that we ordered – three-cheese pasta, and chicken soft tacos. I said that would be fine, and he asked if we wanted any dessert? I told him to surprise us. Five minutes later, and he arrived, with an assistant to carry the multiple trays filled with all kinds of dishes! Food for TEN! It was the sweetest thing ever! Then he called back five minutes later to make sure we were happy.

 

After our food orgy, my friend napped, and I went to the IC and surfed a bit. Later we watched Calendar Girls as she packed, and we got ready for dinner. We did our usuall stop at Churchill’s to give a little thank you to Luis who had been so wonderful to us, then made our way to Pacific Moon for our last night with our boys. Of course, we had so much to eat at lunch we stared at the menu. Dragos asked us why we weren’t hungry, with this little smile on his face, and then he told us what we had for lunch! Seems he was working in Horizon Court at lunch, and saw the room service guy making our order – with all the PASTA… and he said…. “I bet I know where that’s going. C400!” We howled! If it wasn’t so funny, it might be embarrassing that he knew how much we loved pasta, and knew it was us! Again, they took care of us, and brought us goodies, all perfect for what we wanted to eat. (More pasta for me of course!) It was very sad leaving them, they really made our trip.

 

After my web date, I found my friend in the casino on a nickel Wild Bear machine. She cashed out first at around $450 (playing on a $20), then I headed to bed. She finally cashed out again around $180. UNBELIEVABLE!!!!

 

The next morning I awoke to a blaze of light flashing in my eyes, as we passed into San Pedro channel, and past the jetty with the lighthouse on it – the light was cabin-level, and we’d accidentally left the drapes open. DOH. So I was up around 5:30am. We sailed quietly up the channel, and the way they maneuver this ship into her berth is beyond technical-Tetris! We got ready and watched a West Wing rerun, then made our way to The Wheelhouse where they had the Platinum lounge. I warned my friend that they would have the vile brew from the Horizon Court, but she tried it anyway. The only problem with the Mexico itinerary, is that there are soooo many Platinum passengers, that the Wheelhouse was a mob scene, so we made our way up to the aft pool where it was quiet. They began disembarking around 8:15/8:20. Since my friend’s flight wasn’t until the afternoon, we had Navy 4 tags. About 10am we moved into Horizon court, and were able to see the Sea San Pedro boat parade, which was amazing! The world’s largest Fire Boat lead the parade up the channel, and was shooting water sprays at least 50 feet into the air in all directions! She was followed by a number of tall ships from all over Southern California, like The Pilgrim of Newport, and other such ships, along with working tugs, and all manner of working vessels. It was a nice thing to watch to pass the time while we waited for our color to be called.

 

Even though it took a long time to disembark everyone, it is remarkable that they get almost 3000 passengers off, and 3000 more on so smoothly, and quickly. From our vantage point we could see the two lines on the quay, where they sort and stage people for the customs desks inside the terminal. It goes very smoothly, so when you get to your baggage area, then onto the curb, there is still room to find a place to wave madly at your vehicle that is playing car-Tetris to pick you up, all the while being whistled and yelled at by the traffic security that if you stop outside the white line you’ll be arrested as a terrorist. I’ve seen it be a lot worse. We were off the ship, with bags, in the car by 11:30.

 

All in all, the Diamond and her crew gave us an amazing week, and an experience I’ll never forget. I’ll sail on her again in a heartbeat.

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Wow, what a great review! I can't wait until my chance at Diamond on 11/20!

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Bargdal...

Nice review, I really enjoyed it! You seemed like you had such a good time. The Diamond (and Sapphire) are ships I'm considering sailing on so... that was a great help.

Any pictures?

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Bargdal...

Nice review, I really enjoyed it! You seemed like you had such a good time. The Diamond (and Sapphire) are ships I'm considering sailing on so... that was a great help.

Any pictures?

not of the ship - I was very lazy. bad me. The cabin and balcony are identical to the PH suites on the Star. The ship looks almost just like the Star, same color scheme everywhere, except the casino is decorated like a combo of the Jungle Cruise and Indiana Jones attractions from Disneyland, even down to a recording of a John Rhys-Davies sound-alike in one section of slot machines. The Internet Cafe is very bright and inviting, not at all like the office spaces on the other ships. The Wheelhouse is much more similar to the Sun class ships. Club Fusion is a darker, more modern version of the Vista Lounge, with slot machines. Shooters is almost the same, but add that you can get cigars, and it has nicer doors. The Wake View bar is very cool, I just wish it was quiter without the sound spill from Club Fusion. The PC dining rooms are very intimate, and are decorated differently: Sterling is dark, with lots of cherry wood, Vivaldi is darkish, with beautiful paintings, Pacific Moon is brighter, and inviting - lots of beige and gold, and Sante Fe is rustic with lots of iron. They are all very tasteful, and lots of tables for two. And of course there is no shadow from Skywalkers over the aft pool, but I have no clue what Skywalkers is like - with the best intentions of seeing it, we never made it there. They do have a nice balcony overlooking the aft of the ship - but no tables, which seems a waste.

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Congratulations on what seemed to be a great cruise. Always a pleasure to read the good stuff!

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Thanks for the details Bardgal, I'm going to discover the Sun Class soon... and maybe, finally the Diamond in the near future.

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I had two great things happen today:

1. My cruise docs arrived

2. Your detailed review

 

Thanks for doing your part to make my day happier! :)

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Hi there my dear,

 

Glad you had such a wonderful time, if YOU give those ships the thumbs up...they must be GREAT!!!!! :D

 

We hope to cruise Mexico with you again someday. Thank goodness they still serve the "crack fettucine"....we LOVE that.

 

What a great review, as per normal...of course...full of all the small details we fellow cruisers LOVE.

 

We shall certainly hope that our cruise on the Sapphire is as good as yours was.

 

We do have just a little room in our luggage....should you decide to fly over and stow away with us in March...?????

 

Lots of love..

S&D

xxxx :)

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Bardgal,

 

I was on board with you last week and really enjoyed reading your review -- I got to re-live our cruise all over again!!!

 

I too had an amazing time and LOVE the Diamond. So glad that you and your friend also had a wonderful week!!!

 

Thanks for writing this great review!! :D

 

Jamie

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We do have just a little room in our luggage....should you decide to fly over and stow away with us in March...?????

 

Lots of love..

S&D

xxxx :)

I AM SOOOO WORKIN' ON IT!!!

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Thanks for the review! Sixteen of us ladies are booked on the Diamond next March. We're having a pre-cruise party 10/28. Your review will be a delight!

p.s.

Someone made a mistake and we all have PC dining. Do you think they can put all of us together in the Pacific Moon?

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Ivalee: Unless you make a reservation for everyday of the cruise, you're usually much better off with Traditionnal seating. Big groups are a little harder to accomodate in the Anytime Dining room. If the dining room is aware early that there will be 16 of you, they will be more prepared so y suggestion is as soon as you embark, let them know. I hope that will work for you.

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Thanks for the great review. Can't wait to go next month. After reading your review I am even more excited. Thanks for sharing.

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Great review. We are on her in less than 3 weeks, this makes the wait even harder.

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Thank you, Bardgal, for a review that was such fun to read. We leave for the Diamond in 11 days and I'm sooooo looking forward to it.

 

We have a group of 10 with PC dining and I'm hoping to arrange eating together either at the only table for ten or two next to each other. I think I'll try Pacific Moon for the first night.

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Thanks for the great review bardgal! I feel like I got on my cruise early.....unfortunately I don't actually get to sail until February....and I really needed that little lift. Old man winter arrived early in this neck of the woods and we now have snow on the ground. Hopefully it will leave as quickly as it came, but in the meantime you truly brought me some sunshine!

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Great review! Thanks for sharing it with us! Sounds like you had a wonderful time :)

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