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patrice1

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  • Location
    Lisbon, Portugal
  • Interests
    Exploring, traveling, trying new foods
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    med

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  1. On our next cruise, we're trying a new cruise line. We wanted our next cruise to be Carnival, but we moved to Portugal a year ago and there were no Carnival ships in Europe this year, so we're trying MSC for a Med cruise. Be interesting too see the differences and look forward to sailing Carnival again when they come back.
  2. OP, after running Nursing Homes, some with specialty dementia units, I think you are kind and generous friends. Your assessment of what they thought they had purchased is probably correct. We also cared for my Mom in her last 2 years in our home and she was convinced my husband was her's and that I had stolen him from her. Made it hard to get respect! 😀 We took her on a few cruises, too and I had a friend who came along to be her roommate. Fortunately, there were no mobility issues as she was physically fairly healthy. There's no arguing with stubborn elders, I have learned, and I plan to be just as stubborn when I'm that age (my DH thinks I already am!).
  3. We are in the same position early November and we will probably do the same as you plan. We agree about the restaurant advice, as well, as we now live in Lisbon and enjoy walking around and trying un-famous restaurants. We usually ask locals where they go and have not been disappointed. Just in case, tho, I recently bought Rick Steeves Venice Guide and am enjoying the planning.
  4. I don't think I could live without Omeprazole. To the OP's question, DH has been recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, so for the first time, we getting the soda package only. Also, our last 17 cruises have all been on Carnival, but last year we retired to Lisbon, Portugal and CCL isn't in Europe this year so we're cruising MSC for the first time. They have a status match program that, with our Platinum on CCL, started us at Gold on their line. Looking forward to trying something new. BTW, their non-alcoholic plan includes specialty coffees and teas, virgin drinks, all water, soda and juices and soft serve ice cream.
  5. I now bring my own straw everywhere. I started with the stainless ones, but I didn't like them clanking on my teeth, so I bought silicone ones. Love them! Bought one that folds into a little case and keep it in my purse.
  6. Thanks all! Good to know. We're limited now to European cruises, but will definitely consider in the future.
  7. We have a small credit from a promotion when we booked our cruise. Is there anywhere on the website or the ticket that indicates it's there?
  8. DH was given his match in 2 days. Same status, mine got no response. After a month, I submitted again. Same thing, a month later, nothing. So then I emailed them with the particulars and BINGO!, match in 48 hours. I think it's a great program. Living in Portugal now, Carnival's options for Europe are limited, so it gave us a "leg up" to try a new cruise line. We're looking forward to it.
  9. Not to mention cabin 4228. AMAZING suite cabin with wrap balcony. Will be sailing on the Legend in Europe next year and are so looking forward to it.
  10. LONG time CCL cruiser here and have no idea what a Journey cruise is. First I thought it was the band, but now I don't think so. So what is it? TIA
  11. Dh and I have always used Cheers, but he has recently been diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer, so there's no more drinking for him. We are sailing for the first time on MSC because CCL offered no European cruises this year and we live in Lisbon, Portugal. They have a Non-alcoholic package that includes specialty coffees and teas, all mineral waters, juices, sodas, their soft serve, and mocktails. Both passengers in the cabin must get it. I like that he can join me at the bar and I can order a shot for my drink. It's everything you get with the Cheers package, less the alcohol. It's @$80/person for European cruises. I would love to have the same package on CCL next year when they're back in Europe.
  12. Thanks, that’s exactly what I wanted to know.
  13. We are seasoned cruisers, but we've only cruised in the US. We always bring $1 bills and tip at each round. Don't judge, we know we get remembered and better service altho others may think differently. But now we're on our first European cruise and we're wondering, while we will continue to tip like we have in the US, would tipping in US $ be welcomed by staff, or should we bring Euros? I'm asking because I don't know if it would be too hard for staff to convert the dollar bills or bank them. Bear in mind, we now live in Lisbon and would have to pre-order dollar bills at our bank.
  14. When we lived in Key West, we always drove up 2 days before to spend some time in a "big city", lol. Now that we're in Lisbon, our next Med cruise leaves from Venice, so we're spending 3 nights pre-cruise to explore the city.
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