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About chrismch

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    San Antonio,TX
  • Interests
    cooking, travel, freelance writing
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Crystal and Oceania tied for luxury, but any day on a cruise ship is better than a day at work!
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    South Pacific - it's so beautiful and unspoiled!

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  1. What do you mean by a Newbie price? Is it the best booking price regardless of whether you've cruised before? Or is it really stated "first time" cruiser price?
  2. I'm constantly telling people about CC as a great money-saver and to get tips about everything cruising. But alas once on board, I find few who've heard of it. I'll keep spreading the word.
  3. Same for us in November on Liberty - Caribbean and Disco. Have Caribbean shirts. Will need to get disco gear for next cruise!!
  4. We're definitely going for the music, but the perks would be nice as well. We'll see how Premier replies.
  5. May I ask which music themed cruises? That's what I'm looking into booking.
  6. It's Premier Cruises, and I've sent them an email. But if they are required to pick up the fees, I'd doubt they'd do that. Guess the only thing, I'll get is the points towards d+
  7. I'm looking into booking a music cruise where I believe they fully book the cruise. Will I still get my normal Diamond benefits?
  8. Meldrum... Thanks for the info on the band. I've always been impressed by the musicians on cruises. They are well-trained, have expansive options for playlists, and appreciative when guests become regulars and interact with them. Once on a Princess cruise, the house orchestra, in a smaller quintet version and at a lounge venue, allowed my husband to sit in for the drummer on a couple of songs.
  9. May I suggest you actually cruise on a cruiseline before you categorize what it is or isn't. I don't know how you define a "luxury" line. If you're only looking at brochures, then I'd think you'd say every cruise line other than RCL and Carnival were all luxury lines as the people they portray in ads are slim, tanned, and dressed like all their clothes are hand tailored. Most rankings for luxury cruiselines are by price point and both Viking and Oceania fit that category. In regards to getting hackles up about dressing down, every board on this site, no matter the cruiseline, has people complain about not dressing properly for dinner. And I don't understand your calling Oceania "old-world cruising. That's definitely off the mark unless you call "country club casual, which is their suggested style of dress in the evenings, as "old school" Check the wording from the mass market cruiselines about evening attire and you'll find it's similar language. And it's laughable that you say Viking cruisers would be more down to earth. Why? Because the passengers want to take a ship's excursion at every port? And I've never met anyone on a cruise (been on 35 + cruises on 9 different cruiselines) who booked a ship because of carpeting or clothes that they could wear. It's all about the destination, service, and price point. And the most down to earth passengers I've met on most of those cruiselines are those who've done multiple world cruises.
  10. Looks like Viking has a Philippino lounge band like many of the other cruise lines, too. We love listening to live music and my husband always enjoys chatting with the band afterward as he's a musician.
  11. Thanks for your replies. Good to hear that Viking has T-pools with the sauna and steam room. Love those as daily activities. What about evening entertainment on Viking?
  12. We've traveled on all the mass market cruise lines as well as Crystal and Oceania. I definitely think of "O" as the foodie cruise and often think of the wonderful meals I've had there. However, I don't go on a cruise just for the food. If a ship has ceramic loungers and a thalassotherapy pool that's a bigger plus for me, but few cruiselines have them. We've been reviewing VIking and are considering doing a transatlantic crossing. What activities do you have to keep you occupied during the multiple sea days? How big are the showers in the cabins? What bath amenities do they provide? Is it open dining? Are there extra charges for mixed drinks or soft drinks at meals?
  13. On our last cruise out of Galveston, I got chatty with the head chef in the windjammer and he made breakfast tacos a few days later - and it was a big hit with Texan guests. If they have it on the ship, they will try to accomodate you especially if they think it will be popular with other diners. I always make friends with the chefs!
  14. When you do a bid, do you have the option to reject the stateroom location if your bid is accepted? Before this program, if I was offered an upgrade for an additional fee, I was told the specific cabin location and could decide if it would work for us. We don't want full forward or aft or below public areas.
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