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About SRQbeachgirl

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    history, nature, hiking, travel, reading
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival, RCCL
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  1. We will be there next month and are taking a ship-sponsored excursion. The only thing we plan on drinking while there is the bottled water we carry off the ship.
  2. They must have hot their limit on how many they could sell. Happens pretty quick sometimes.
  3. When we debarked in Tampa it was pouring down rain. You know how those summer rainstorms are in Florida, right? Bight and sunny one minute and ankle-deep, can't see across the street, who turned out the sun downpour the next minute. Luckily, we had valet parking. They ran out to get our car, then backed it up to the covered area and loaded our luggage while we stayed nice and dry. They even grabbed our umbrella out of the back of our car so we could use it to take the few necessary steps to get in. Those poor folks who had to swim their way over to the parking garage were probably wishing they had paid that extra $20 about that time.
  4. Use promo code NEFPBQ33 at checkout. Delivery is via email and usually takes about an hour to deliver, but can take up to 24 hours. Sale ends in 6 days or when supply runs out, whichever comes first.
  5. I have two, but I have a deep-rooted love of hardcover books. It's an addiction I haven't been able to break.
  6. For those of us who have to fly to port (one of the things I miss about living in Florida) the weight limit is driven by the airlines, rather than the cruise line. Has anyone (besides me) had to crack open their luggage at the airline counter and transfer stuff to the carryon or backpack to get their checked bag under the weight limit? Should have known not to pack those hard cover novels. 🙄
  7. I hate the smell of the shampoo and body wash that Carnival provides, so I bring my own.
  8. I'll be watching for your report back, as well. We will be sailing July 27 and are considering this excursion. Hope you have a great time and can't wait to hear about it!
  9. On our first cruise we were seated at an 8-top. One of the husbands was one of the most obnoxious, loud-mouthed, narcissistic people I have ever met. We tolerated 5 nights at that table, but just couldn't do it the last two nights. On our second cruise, we were seated at a 6-top with 2 other couples. Early in the dinner on our first night, one of the husbands asked what we did for a living. From that moment on all he wanted to do was pepper us with questions about our jobs, our opinions on what he should do about this or that, etc. We go on vacation to get away from work, not talk about it the whole time! We even (nicely) mentioned that we enjoyed not thinking about work on vacation (hint, hint), to no avail. On our third cruise we decided we were just going to tell our tablemates that we were in the witness protection program and couldn't divulge any personal information. 😁 Turns out we didn't have to worry about that. We showed up to our 8-top and found that all of the other people were apparently traveling together...and didn't speak English. 😶 We now do YTD and get a table to ourselves.
  10. OBC is not refundable - it is use it or lose it. Cruise Cash, while technically nonrefundable, can be converted to cash by going to the casino, putting your card in a slot machine, transferring your Cruise Cash to the machine, then cashing out.
  11. We don't cruise because it's a great value, we cruise because we love to cruise. We've done more destination vacations than I can count, both a la carte and all-inclusive, and could easily go to an all inclusive for less than we spend on a cruise. But our son is bored to death sitting on a beach all week and I'm at a place in life where I want to relax on vacation, not run around and wear myself out. Maybe when he no longer vacations with us (he's in college, so our family vacations are probably numbered) we'll go to all-inclusive beach destinations again. Or maybe when I'm retired and don't work 70 hours a week I'll feel like doing land vacations with lots of sightseeing. For now cruising fits, regardless of price.
  12. I'd trade a port - any port - for $200 OBC, and extra sea day, and 50% off a future cruise. Good deal.
  13. Does anyone have a link to a review that includes the menus for the 7-day Eastern Breeze sailing? I tried the search function with no luck and I've used all my Google-fu skills, but I can't find a full listing of the menus for the Eastern Breeze sailing. I've found "sample menus," but no list in order of the nights they are served in the MDR. I'm trying to decide which night to book the Steakhouse and knowing what the MDR menus are each night would make the decision much easier, as there is typically one or two nights on every cruise when we're not crazy about the MDR menu.
  14. Nah, just calling out eyerolling-worthy unnecessary drama.
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