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StolidCruiser

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  1. Absolutely false. You can’t just show up where you are not assigned.
  2. So your financial limitations to sail from ports that can accommodate a more varied itinerary equate to MSC not caring for you as a customer resulting in a foot-stomping tirade to hopefully get someone’s attention to completely restructure the company’s sailings to your specific narrow requirements? Maybe you should hold your breath until you get your way. By the time someone puts any effort into dealing with your type of customer, the problem will have solved itself.
  3. In my experience, this is when you book during a “bundle sale”. I have always been able to cancel a single excursion when booking several at the same time that wasn’t part of a “bundle sale” which understandably would negate the availability of a discount or sale applicable those that remain uncanceled.
  4. So the “scorched earth” approach of penalizing the one who didn’t cause the problem and couldn’t fix it just so you feel vindicated. Gotcha.
  5. Fear is the weapon CHOGS use to avert retribution for their behavior. I, for one, am not so wimpy as to cower away and hope someone else deals with it. If one doesn’t want their stuff touched, one shouldn’t leave it unattended for hours under the theory no one has the right to deal with intentionally abandoned stuff.
  6. I've gotten assignment as late as the day of departure. That's the risk of booking a guarantee.
  7. You will be challenged to find transport to accommodate a mobility scooter much less a wheelchair. None of the regular shuttles can even accommodate someone confined to a wheelchair (or someone who only uses a portable/collapsible wheelchair intermittently due to mobility issues) much less have the space to transport a mobility scooter. You would have to seek out "specialty carriage" well in advance of your arrival which would likely involve a cargo/passenger van that can handle your mobility scooter and a driver willing to load/unload it for you. Nassau is unfortunately not very friendly to those with mobility issues that require wheelchairs or scooters.
  8. Yeah, OP’s experience sounds disappointing. Nothing about it (or the recommendation to do so) would motivate me to avoid the Elation, Carnival as a brand or any other cruiseline.
  9. Having been on many Carnival cruises to Bermuda (which sail several times per year), the casino has always operated as mentioned by other posters while docked overnight or over the course of several days.
  10. As expired forms of identification don’t qualify as acceptable, don’t count on it being suddenly accepted in conjunction with an unexpired unacceptable form of identification. Its pretty clear an unexpired form of government issued photo identification is a primary requirement for boarding.
  11. While you may be able to indicate a connecting room choice when starting a booking for two cabins, as soon as you select "let RCI pick the stateroom" the connecting option goes poof. As other have said, you give up the option of selecting your stateroom(s) for the lower price and you could end up with staterooms quite a distance from each other. If you want to be near (or connecting to) others in your traveling circle, you'll have to choose the higher priced option to do so.
  12. I've had no issue carrying on empty plastic water bottles (the disposable retail-sale kind that used to have water in them).
  13. Contact the Special Needs Department prior to cruising and get written confirmation they have acknowledged the medical need for your liquid nutritional requirements. Based on personal experience of a family member requiring the same as yourself, you shouldn't have an issue if you heed this advice.
  14. It's not a new policy for any ship while its being refueled. Either you missed it, the ship wasn't being refueled or she wasn't Jonesing it before the ban during refueling was lifted.
  15. Some people feel the OP was an impatient freebie-seeking ingrate. Some people feel the OP got the shaft by the CSR who made a promise and failed to deliver. It's pretty clear which one best suits the OP.
  16. Thanks for sharing. You gave some excellent advice to managing the dreaded cold/flu/sinus attack that one should be prepared for before, during and after a cruise. I've been there and done that.
  17. The whole reason the price is inflating is due to those who desperately feel the need to get their monies worth by proudly declaring their stockpiling abilities from the simplistic bottled water pick-up at every bar and "don't open that beer, please" to the more die-hard draining mixed cocktails into a yeti mug for transfer to an even bigger thermos. Not to mention those justifications of "It's not sharing if I just let my kid have a taste of my milkshake!". The "leak cost" has to be absorbed somewhere. Some lines hide it under the guide of "freebies" that bloat the cruise fare. Carnival puts it right out there in fairly honest and reasonably-priced terms with restrictions aimed at keeping those prices attractive to the masses. CHEERS! is still a bargain compared to any other mass market cruise line with a similarly offered beverage package and I believe there is still room to nudge the per diem more without losing customer count.
  18. Having sailed enough to be top-tier on several lines, I simply smile and say “Thank you” for any of the benefits extended for my patronage. It would never occur to me to say “What - that’s all??” A brilliant idea would be to chuck “loyalty perks” all together and see who sticks around for the joy of cruising any particular line simply because you enjoy the product/service.
  19. The Pride is in acceptable condition given her age. She’s not pristine (anyone can find minor issues here and there). She’s rough around the edges but well maintained. Newer ships will of course feel fresher but we’ve enjoyed every sailing we’ve had on her with two more booked before she repositions in late 2021. The polarizing reviews are two extremes (as you have deduced). I believe you would enjoy her for what she is...a great little ship!
  20. That's a hefty price differential.
  21. On Carnival, they are waiting for you in a mailbox at the cabin door.
  22. Any standard balcony on the Spirit class (those that "bump out") will give you a view straight down without seeing the lifeboats. Whether you can see pier runners depends on how the ship docks in port.
  23. After you are done using your plastic straw brought from home, will you be putting it back in your neck-purse to carry off for disposal at the home from which you brought it?
  24. Of course this is just my own opinion from my own perspective and experiences... If you are driving to the port and are not invested in getting on board "as soon as possible", my suggestion is to time your arrival after 1pm. Parking at the port/pier is incredibly convenient (but, of course, at a price... $15 per day). However, the ingress is a "log jam" the earlier you arrive. You first have to wait until they even open the entrance to allow vehicles in - whether to drop off or park - until after the debarking guests are mostly funneled out. This causes the line of vehicles to stretch out onto the roadway. Think three inward lanes of normal roadway traffic trying to merge into one inbound lane that then diverges into wider queuing lanes. Those who want to drop off have to funnel in with those who want to park and there is only so much room for them to queue those wanting to park while diverting those who want to drop off to bypass the parking queue. They do their best to move those incoming as quickly as possible but we have sat for more than an hour just trying to get near the entrance when we've tried arriving around 11am. We've had more success (and much less stress) arriving later (1-ish). Much shorter wait to park (although "primo" parking spaces are gone) and almost no line at check-in followed by walking right on board. Again, that's my experience. Others may have had different experiences and could/would recommend an alternate plan. It all depends if you want to sit and wait... move a little... then stand and wait some more... then sit and wait some more... to be on board 60-90 minutes earlier than those who delay their arrival. Some will want to. Others won't.
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