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  1. Cute dresses and continuing to enjoy your pictures. Our daughter had her final school musical performance this weekend so we were busy with it (son helped with stage crew this year). Next weekend we go back to Indiana for admitted students weekend. Our church observes a literal 40 day fast (compared to traditional Ash Wednesday to Easter), and this year I'm fasting from Cruise Critic. I'll miss all of your insights, and hope to return after Easter.
  2. We had a nice visit with my in-laws this weekend celebrating our daughter's final school musical performance (younger brother helped on stage crew this year and did well too). My baby girl is all grown up ❀️ I kept meals simple, but we did have a splurge Saturday night. MIL and I split a small pizza and salad so not too bad, the guys had bigger meals. I should be able to make all workouts this week, so that should help. This group will be in my thoughts during my "fast" but I am looking forward to some focused time away. Some of the other forums on this board aren't quite as supportive as this one and I think it is good for me to step away for a while and gain some perspective. Hopefully a smaller me will check back an a little over 40 days πŸ™‚
  3. Glad to hear the surgery went well. Happy Anniversary ❀️
  4. I hope I don't come across as judgmental in my posts but realize much can be lost in translation/written word only. I sometimes feel attacked the other way since I don't bring the storage hanger and instead use provided drawers to keep things out of sight. My perspective is for a fairly low maintenance couple though, while a family or group of friends - or just those who bring more items than I do - could easily benefit from the additional storage. If someone suggests a prohibited item (iron, surge strip, etc) I will point out that it is a prohibited item. If a post asks for ideas of what to pack while wanting to pack light I will mention what we do and try to gently suggest not needing some commonly suggested items. We keep shaving items, dental care (brushes, paste, rinse), deodorant, q-tips, contacts/glasses, and conditioner in the bathroom. I've never had issues neatly fitting the items on the shelves (I also don't like a cluttered counter πŸ˜‰), and I'd need to wait for my husband to be done in the bathroom for me to use those items. Everything else lives by the night stands, desk drawers, or closet shelf. We all cruise differently, and I'm grateful there are options for all of us πŸ™‚
  5. For me (recognizing we all have different backgrounds and preferences), I would drive if I had the time. I suspect Christmas/New Years flight prices will be higher, and I can probably adjust more for weather driving than flying.
  6. I often suggest something similar, but you phrased it better than I do. Obviously, since Joebucks states he's never read it here before πŸ˜‰ We each have different styles of cruising and different spending priorities. It's nice that we have options for how to give Carnival our money πŸ˜„
  7. When I research FTTF for our cruises last year I read that if the cabin wasn't ready or the luggage was delivered late Carnival refund those passengers. I understand it not being worth hassling for a refund though and sometimes just accepting it as a learning experience. If we get the opportunity to sail from New Orleans we would also enjoy local food before getting on the ship πŸ˜„
  8. Happy weekend all! Sorry I'm late checking in - this week is crazy with our school musical. Last night was opening and we have 3 more performances. I maintained, which didn't surprise me. Weather and illness reduced workouts this week, but I did get 3.11 miles walking with group today. My next focus area is meal planning, including prepping healthy snacks. I have the tools and skills, it's just a matter of doing it. I'll try to check in Monday before signing off for 40 day fast. Have a great trip Belle πŸ™‚
  9. Did you at least make use of the dedicated guest services line and ask for a refund since they did not deliver the promised services? @Tapi Thanks for the explanation about travel. We flew to Miami once, but otherwise drive to NY or Baltimore (and there really isn't anything right by the port at Baltimore. When we sailed from Brooklyn there was construction and we needed to divert from our directions. GPS wasn't very helpful, we weren't familiar with alternate street names or the area. We could see the ship, but took a bit to figure out how to get there πŸ˜‰
  10. I don't know what it has to do with anything, but you are correct that I have sailed Carnival 3 times. I also don't know how your mentioned reasons (above) make my opinion wrong. I stated that more people ignore the suggestions, it looks like you gave reasons why they ignore the suggestions. Are they mutually exclusive?
  11. Thanks, our experience with NCL was they wouldn't seat the 2 of us with anyone else (we showered each night before dinner - promise πŸ˜‰ ), but CCL and RCL often would. I wasn't sure for larger parties. We will leave it up to our daughter, since it's for her graduation.
  12. You cruise just before us - we sail June 1st! I don't think my cruise gets a meet & mingle since we are only 5 nights.
  13. Hank's post was observing texting in restaurants on land, not on the ship. We put our phones in airplane mode and don't text on the ship, but I do carry my phone for pictures, a flash light (needed that once at a specialty restaurant to see the menu πŸ˜‰ ), and the ship app. Warm Breezes - I hope your family is able to have a great vacation πŸ™‚ So far my husband and I have only cruised together, but this summer we will take our teens on their first cruise. We will likely stick to a table just for our family (I don't know if anytime even sits parties of 4 with others). When we take DH parents on a cruise for their 50th anniversary we will likely have traditional dining, but still just sit with each other then too. I apologize if I came across as judgemental.
  14. The original poster also stated in post 1 they were concerned if it would be worth it. While I haven't gotten Cheers I have gotten other packages and felt they weren't worth it for me. Sometimes there is a question behind the original question, and that is what I was addressing. I can't answer if I regretted getting Cheers since we didn't purchase it, but I can offer input of other options for those who are unsure. To answer if I regret taking the NCL perk or purchasing the soda & more Princess package - I don't. NCL was an inexpensive way to learn that alcohol packages aren't for us at the level we drink. The Princess package was an inexpensive way to learn that even looking at all the details, there are things you won't know until you are on the ship and what seems like a no-brainer deal isn't always. Many cruisers can find value in Cheers while many can save money using a different approach. Sometimes they even overlap πŸ˜‰ Either way, I like to have as much information as possible and try to provide insight for others when I think it might help.
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