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  1. Last year we had a deck 8 unobstructed balcony on our two-week TA and enjoyed it. Port side immediately aft of the last lifeboat. To your question about pool traffic - we didn't notice much at all. We liked the proximity of the aft pool bar, You should note that the steakhouse is on deck 8 aft and, when it's open, you are not supposed to access the outside deck through the restaurant. It's easy enough to go down to deck 7 and back up to 8, though. We also liked being one deck above King's Court - I'm not much of a breakfast person, so getting something light from the buffet is fine for me.
  2. Her AIS signal still says Carnival Victory at the shipyard in Cadiz.
  3. I'm enjoying your review. Victory was our first cruise in 2004 and we sailed on her three additional times. We were supposed to be on Radiance next week, also going to HMC, but of course that's not happening. Nice to think of what might have been....
  4. I'll probably get some angry, indignant responses, but here goes: DH and I love big band, swing, Latin, etc. We enjoy ballroom dancing and don't go to the disco or the casino. However, when we tried dancing in the Queens Room on QM2 we were completely intimidated. There were too many people whirling their way around the floor who simply expected you to get out of their way and had no patience with folks who just wanted an enjoyable, albeit less polished, dancing experience. We retreated to our seats and later found our home listening to jazz in the Chart Room.
  5. We had Suite 1 on our Fantasy cruise. Truly an experience. DH wore his Fantasy t-shirt in her honor today.
  6. Per John Heald, they removed the ship's bell, coin, and model before she arrived at Aliaga.
  7. I watched a video of her beaching earlier today (sorry, can't share a link). Heartbreaking and fascinating at the same time.
  8. If your mom's worried about a "party" atmosphere, I can say that Carnival's Europe cruises are more subdued since generally there are more port days and they tend to be long days.
  9. I had signed up for text messages for our August 2020 cruise on Carnival Radiance. Not only was the cruise cancelled, there's speculation on this board that Carnival Radiance itself may be cancelled. Three text messages arrived after the cruise was cancelled to tell me to make final payment or risk having our booking cancelled. I just chalked it up to automated programming that hadn't been un-programmed - but the text messages did make me sad.😥
  10. Hi Traveller94 - We're sailing on Legend out of Dover next summer as well, doing the British Isles cruise with 3 ports in Scotland, Belfast, Cobh, and Liverpool. Last year we visited Iceland on the QM2. We've sailed Legend twice before, once an 8-day Eastern Caribbean out of NYC and a 12-day Baltic cruise out of Dover. I agree with the others, Legend and her sisters have the best Serenity deck. Nice pool (most other ships just have hot tubs). plenty of room, and shaded areas out of the sun. Plus a nice bar area. Also agree about Guy's Burgers on Lido - they really are good. I like the forward decks above the bridge, on decks 9 and 10. Good views. The Firebird Lounge, deck 1 forward, is the comedy club. I love the Russian decoration theme and it's a comfortable place for comedy - more comfortable than the newer ships. The Behind the Fun tour - While we haven't done the tour on Legend, we've done them twice on other ships. You can't book them in advance, so if you're interested you should go to the Shore Excursions deck to book soon after you board. They're limited to 16 people per tour (and who knows if it will be more limited next year?) and usually take place on the last sea day. It's a 3+ hour tour and takes you to the galley, laundry, crew lounge, HR training area, bridge, and engine control room. Most folks consider the bridge to be the highlight of the tour. I'm rather partial to the engine control room, as our oldest son is an engineering officer in the Navy. Not specific to Legend, but if you're arriving early in Dover pre-cruise, I recommend Dover Castle. Aside from its medieval history, it's the site from which the rescue from Dunkirk was conducted in WWII. The exhibits are fascinating. And in Iceland, we were in Reykjavik overnight; the first day we did a Golden Circle tour, and the second day we did a DIY tour in town. Happy cruise planning!
  11. Two weeks ago Cunard canceled all trips up to and including November 1. It was very soon after the U.K.'s announcement that all travelers to the U.K. would be required to quarantine for two weeks after arrival. I can't imagine too many folks from the U.S. who wanted to do a 7-day TA from Southampton to NY could do that - two weeks' quarantine before a one week crossing?
  12. We had a Havana aft wrap on Horizon in 2018. We like being able to sit on the balcony and watch the ocean go by, and the cabanas really don't let you do that.
  13. One note on Spirit-class aft wraps: On deck 5, the suite is not the same as the suites on other decks. It's one room instead of sitting area, dressing area and bedroom. Nothing wrong with the cabin (we have one booked for Legend next summer), but if you're looking for the multi-room suite don't look at deck 5.
  14. OP, as you can see by my signature (which has not been updated and 2020 isn't happening😥), we sailed only Carnival until last year when we booked three weeks on the QM2. Here's the thread I posted last year: We loved the experience, but you do need to dress for dinner if you plan on the MDR. As I noted, I met one passenger who visited the MDR only for lunch, as he did not like to dress for dinner. We absolutely loved QM2. We're looking forward to another opportunity to sail.
  15. Yep - I had a text message last week reminding about final payment for our August 2020 cruise on Carnival Radiance out of NYC. Uh ... no. I figure it's an automated message that just didn't get taken out of the system. No real harm - just a sad reminder that vacation isn't happening this year.😥
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